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"With compelling prose and wondrous images, this timely account of the state of the ocean conveys three critically important messages: the ocean is in trouble; therefore so are we; but it is not too late to make a diff erence through actions each of us can take. The book’s message is clear . . . as never before we understand how powerful, yet vulnerable the ocean is; we may never again have a chance to protect it, and in so doing protect ourselves." - Sylvia A. Earle, Oceanographer.

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"What has been important for me about Greenpeace is its peaceful but determined activism, its efforts to inform the public about the oceans around the globe, and its reliance on good, honest technical and scientific advice. It has been my privilege to work closely for many years with Greenpeace on the longstanding issue of whaling and the new ones of climate change and clean energy. So it is with great pleasure that I commend to readers this extraordinary collection of photographs." - Sidney Holt, Marine Scientist.

"Planet Ocean is an exceptional and eye opening account of the ocean's beauty and the devastation that many afflict upon the open waters of our world and all varieties of life sustained by this vast amount of water covering our planet. Many photos taken show the brutal actions of whaling, the devasting bycatch from fishing vessels that kill millions of sharks and dolphins while contributing to depleting fish populations, the effect that human impact and exploitation has on damaging the ocean and the life within and other atrocities. Some photos will sicken while others portray the mystery and beauty that covers most of the earth. It gives an insight into the dangers the ocean is suffering from and is perfect for those with strong interests in marine conservation and defenders of the ocean and a great introduction for those still unaware of the threats to the ocean and its marine life. Our earth really is Planet Ocean." - Amazon 5-Star Customer Review.

Three quarters of the planet is ocean and 80 per cent of all life lives here. They give us so much, yet we know relatively little about them. Planet Ocean is a window onto this secret world. Through stunning photographs, taken on a sixteen-month ‘Defending Our Oceans’ expedition, Greenpeace reveals wonderful sights that few people have seen, and also some that certain people would like us not to see.

Despite the vastness of the oceans we now know that they are in crisis, struggling to absorb the impact of our destructive ways. This is the story of our oceans – their extraordinary beauty and diversity of life - and the equally astounding ways in which they are exploited.

  • The book of the Defending our Oceans voyage, the most ambitious campaign ever undertaken by Greenpeace
  • Millions worldwide have followed the expedition, and there are over 150,000 people who have signed up as 'Ocean Defenders'
  • Photographs are the work of a team of world-class photographers assigned to the expedition, including Daniel Beltrá, World Photo Award winner (2006 & 2007)

About the author: Sara Holden has worked for Greenpeace International since 2000. She previously worked for Reuters Television as a political journalist.

About the photographers: Daniel Beltrá has documented several Greenpeace expeditions to the Amazon, the Arctic, the Southern Oceans, the Patagonian Ice Fields, among others. His work has appeared in publications such as Time, Business Week, Der Spiegel, Geo, Paris Match, Stern, and many others. He has won the China International Press Photo Contest and two World Press Photo Award

Format: Hardback
Dimensions: 286 x 240mm
Page extent: 176 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1-904456-79-7

Date added: May 10, 2007

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