In this inspiring manifesto, an internationally renowned oceanographer makes the provocative case for why protecting nature makes economic sense.
Enric Sala wants to change the world--and in this compelling book, he shows us how. Once we appreciate how nature works, he asserts, we will understand why conservation is economically wise and essential to our survival.
In this eloquent narrative, Sala, director of National Geographic's Pristine Seas project, tells the story of his scientific awakening, the colorful mentors who inspired him, and his transition from academia to activism--as he puts it, he was tired of writing the obituary of the ocean. His revelations are surprising, sometimes counterintuitive: More sharks signal a healthier ocean; crop diversity, not intensive monoculture farming, is the key to feeding the planet.
For decades, Sala has spearheaded ocean protection, convincing world leaders to protect a total area five times the size of Texas--and he is still passionately pushing for more. Using fascinating examples from his expeditions and groundbreaking findings from other scientists, Sala builds the case for the economic wisdom of making room for nature, even as the population swells and becomes more urbanized. Relatable and inspiring, this powerful book will change the way you think about our world--and our future.