The Ocean and Us provides an overview of our contemporary understanding of the ocean and all the ways our lives interact with it. It is intended for everyone with an interest in our blue planet. The book brings together the expertise of over 35 ocean specialists from around the world. It explores a wide variety of themes including the importance of a healthy ocean in the fight to halt and contain climate change. It covers issues such as overfishing and pollution, as well as emerging themes such as the blue economy, marine animal welfare and how we can leverage innovation to protect the ocean. The book provides an overview of some of the world's iconic threatened and at risk ocean ecosystems, and outlines current governance structures and ocean management tools. It also discusses the important social dimensions between people and the ocean, such as ocean and human wellbeing, communities and the ocean, and who gets to participate in the ocean space. The book aims to enhance ocean literacy by making specialist concepts accessible to non-experts, with a view to empowering concerned citizens everywhere to come into action for the ocean, and pave a better way forward for humanity.
Farah Obaidullah is an independent ocean advocate and the founder of Women4Oceans. She has worked around the world to address the most pressing issues facing the ocean including: overfishing, fish crimes & labour abuse in the seafood sector, protected areas, and the need for a global treaty to protect life on the high seas. Her career includes 11 years with Greenpeace as a senior oceans campaigner. Farah has presented at the UN, INTERPOL, on various TV shows and at ocean forums.