The bad news is that our civilisation is collapsing. The good news is that you are already helping create a new and better one.
The Ocean in a Drop follows the quest of Roz Savage, a frustrated environmentalist and ocean adventurer, to find out why her own endeavours and the environmental movement more generally have failed to achieve change of the necessary scope, scale and speed. Her journey takes her from the environment through economics and politics into patriarchy and a global culture of domination – the domination of rich over poor, strong over weak, humanity over nature. She examines the tragic psychological flaws in the way we think, and the apparent inevitability of civilisational collapse, and deduces that our best hope is to transcend the current trap of runaway materialism. But how?
Exploring cutting-edge theories on the nature of reality and the relationship between matter and consciousness, she peels back the veils of our shared delusions to arrive at a new narrative about what it means to be human in the twenty-first century. She paints a bold, exciting vision of a future in which people and planet thrive.
After eleven years as a management consultant, Roz Savage left the corporate world in search of a life of greater meaning and purpose. An environmental epiphany in Peru led her to the epic endeavour of rowing solo across the Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific Oceans to raise awareness of the ecological crisis. She earned four Guinness World Records and an MBE, yet she felt she had failed because the environmental degradation continued unabated. In the eleven years since her last ocean voyage, Roz has searched for the leverage points of change that might help move humanity onto a different trajectory, away from disaster and towards living in harmony with the natural world. This book is the culmination of that journey.
"Roz is a born storyteller. This is a haunting, moral, knee-buckling compilation of how humans have utterly lost their way, an astounding deconstruction of Homo moderna, a unique species that has learned to destroy its home. In sixteen chapters, she rows across the ocean of our fading planet. When her story finally hits sacred land, the reader will never be the same. I will read it twice."
– Paul Hawken, international bestselling author of eight books, including Regeneration: Ending the Climate Crisis in One Generation