Sea Change: Save the Ocean


At the conclusion of Sea Change: Save the Ocean, are details of each of more than fifty contributors to this mighty, urgent book. Within three sections, we’re invited to celebrate our oceans, alongside recognising the dangers and then, to take action. After all, to contemplate that by 2050 we’re at risk of having more plastic in our oceans than fish, is staggering. Then again, we’ve Japanese artist Yoshiko Hada’s invitation to ‘see the sea with eyes like a child./- listen to the waves with a heart like a child-‘

Jackie Morris, meanwhile, takes the reader to the small child of the Sperm Whale, who’s now grown. It seems ‘she follows/ the sea road, the whale road, while/ shooting stars thread their lights across/ the sky.’  It seems that every contribution carries such weight, with messages of hope, concern and action.

Altogether, this is such a glorious book with such compassion, courage and determination. It means that Bookwagon recommends Sea Change: Save the Ocean an ideal gift, a piece to contemplate, linger over, share and act upon.

All royalties from the sale of this mighty call to action will be donated to Greenpeace International and IBBY (the International Board on Books for Young People).

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Sea Change: Save the Ocean

curated and edited by Tobias Hickey

(Otter- Barry Books)

More than fifty leading writers and illustrators contribute to Sea Change: Save the Ocean. Thereafter, we’ve postcards that celebrate the sounds of the ocean, as in Andreja Peklar’s interpretation of Jung’s words that the sea’s ‘like music. It has all the dreams of the soul within itself and sounds them over’.
Meanwhile, Ken Wilson-Max shows us ‘Jengu, the Mermaid’, woshipped by Cameroon’s Sawa people. Then again, we’re reminded of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s research that ‘there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean by 2050‘. Nicola Davies, award winning writer, zoologist and environmentalist, reminds us ‘of the echo of the passing’ of a whale swimming beneath the ‘roots of steel and concrete’. It reminds us of  A First Book of the Sea. 
This powerful little book is divided into sections. Therefore, we move between celebrations, as with Yuval Zommer’s direction to ‘let the sea set you free’, to dangers. Here, Kathleen Richens’ interprets Sir David Attenborough’s words. What of ‘our responsibility to do everything within our power to create a planet that provides a home not just for us, but for all life on Earth’. Finally, we’re urged to take action. For example, Henry Beston suggests ‘We need another and a wire and perhaps a more mystical concept of animals’. His words are interpreted by a glorious pencil sketch from Mexican artist David Álvarez. Bookwagon recommends Sea Change: Save the Ocean to readers. It is mighty and urgent.



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