Alanna Mitchell, our newest Green Interview, has been called “the best environmental journalist in the world” — and by The World Conservation Union and the Reuters Foundation, no less. Her latest book is Sea Sick: The Hidden Crisis in the Global Ocean, a passionate investigation of the health of the ocean. As she points out, despite the different names, there is only one ocean. It surrounds the world, and it is “the true lungs of the planet,” the source of most of the earth's oxygen supply. If the ocean is in trouble, all of life is in trouble.
Sea Sick is the first book to examine the ecological crisis facing the world's oceans – the way we're altering everything about them from temperature, salinity, and acidity to ice cover, and the very life within them. Sea Sick is a powerful book, and immensely readable one, a skillful blend of science and storytelling, of personal adventure and intellectual exploration.
Alanna Mitchell began as a newspaper reporter with The National Post and The Globe and Mail, writing about everything from the real estate market to social trends and statistics. She eventually became an award-winning a feature writer on Earth Sciences, studied ecology at Oxford University, and in 2004 published her first book, Dancing at the Dead Sea: Tracking the World's Environmental Hotspots.
In 2008 she won the Atkinson Fellowship in Journalism, a $100,000 prize to conduct a new course of study on the intersection of neuroscience and education. In 2010 she won the prestigious Grantham Prize for Excellence in Reporting on the Environment for Sea Sick. She is also an Associate with the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), based in Winnipeg.
And she is a wonderfully-articulate and moving conversationalist. We're very proud to welcome Alanna Mitchell to The Green Interview project.