The Health of the Ocean Imperils the Life of the Earth

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Alanna Mitchell, award-winning Canadian author of SEA SICK: The Global Ocean in Crisis, will deliver excerpts from her one-woman play that is raucously funny in places while seriously sobering in others at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12.

Mitchell traveled the globe for three years with some of the best scientific minds in a quest to understand what’s happening with the ocean. She found the greatest challenge our civilization has ever faced—as well as profound hope that it can be met and overcome.The declining health of the planet's oceans — the place where scientists say life began and where 99 percent of life exists — is an imminent threat to survival on land.

Mitchel is fascinated with the intersection of science, art and society. She traveled around the world with scientists for three years to find the big picture and to weave the threads of science into a dramatic demonstration of the accelerating crisis in the world’s oceans.  

mitchell for webSome of the carbon dioxide that humans put into the air by burning fossil fuels is being absorbed by the ocean. That puts it into a state it has not been in for millions of years: More acid, warmer, and more prone to vast oxygen-deprived dead zones. At risk is the very structure of life in the ocean and, therefore, on the planet as a whole.

"Sea Sick," her second book, was an international best-seller and won the U.S.-based Grantham Prize for excellence in environmental journalism in 2010. Since then, she has turned it into a one-woman play that she performs internationally.  

She is also the author of  "Invisible Plastic: What Happens When Your Garbage Ends Up in the Ocean," published in 2009. Her fifth book, "The Spinning Magnet," about the Earth’s magnetic field, is set to be published in 2018. 

Tickets to this presentation are $15 per person and may be ordered onli8ne or at the LLL Center, before any Monday Morning Lecture and may be available at the door of the Renaissance Theater on the evening of the presentation.

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