Mark Schrader, captain of OceanWatch, and a team of scientists, a writer, teachers, sailors, and conservationists circumnavigated the Americas between 2009 and 2010 beginning in the northwest. The purpose of their journey was to educate children, youth, and adults about the similarities of our living space and how our actions affect that space. The team sailed around North and South America in the 64-foot vessel making stops for educational forums for school children. In addition, Herb McCormick live-blogged the adventure and wrote One Island, One Ocean as a permanent memorial and academic medium. The journey took thirteen months to complete beginning May 2009 and was timed to navigate through the Northwest Passage during the northern hemisphere’s spring/summer when the ice would be less of a danger and around the tip of Cape Horn during the southern hemisphere’s spring/summer when the winds and ice were less of a danger.
The message that the team wanted to broadcast is that the way we use and utilize our community and continent affects more than just one area. It impacts those who live thousands of miles away because we share one ocean. It impacts human, plant, and animal life. Our actions are depleting the ice which impacts the continent in rippling effect. Each action ripples and affects another aspect of the environment. The photographer, David Thoreson, compiled a breathtaking array of photographs from the journey. This book is a must-have for anyone’s library!
I received this book free for review in ebook format from netgalley.com.