Christina Gerhardt, Associate Professor at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa and Senior Fellow at the University of California Berkeley (USA), discussed Sea Change: An Atlas of Islands in a Rising Ocean (University of California Press, 2023) in the Greenhouse environmental humanities book talk series on Monday, 12 June 2023, at 16:00 in Norway (Central European time) / 10:00 Eastern time.
Atlases are being redrawn as islands are disappearing. What does an island see when the sea rises? Sea Change: An Atlas of Islands in a Rising Ocean weaves together essays, maps, art, and poetry to show us—and make us see—island nations in a warming world.
Low-lying islands are least responsible for global warming, but they are suffering the brunt of it. This transportive atlas reorients our vantage point to place islands at the center of the story, highlighting Indigenous and Black voices and the work of communities taking action for local and global climate justice. At once serious and playful, well-researched and lavishly designed, Sea Change is a stunning exploration of the climate and our world’s coastlines. Full of immersive storytelling, scientific expertise, and rallying cries from island populations that shout with hope—”We are not drowning! We are fighting!”—this atlas will galvanize readers in the fight against climate change and the choices we all face.