World Ocean Journal

World Ocean Journal is an  e-magazine on ocean culture and solutions to today’s ocean issues. Each volume includes essays, interviews, art, exhibits, and performances profiling the vital impacts of the ocean on our lives. Future editions focus on a particular theme. The 2015 Journal theme is “Islands.”


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In the FIRST EDITION of World Ocean Journal  (released in January, 2014) you will find:

An excerpt from the introduction to Lincoln Paine's extraordinary new book, The Sea & Civilization, a one volume maritime history of the world, just released by Knopf and sure to be one of the most important publications of its kind in 2014.
Sea & Civilization by Lincoln Paine | World Ocean Journal



A video interview with Dr. Darron Collins, President of the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine. He'll talk about the synergistic relationship between the ocean and human ecology, providing a refreshingly optimistic view of the inter-relationship between social conduct and the sustainability of Nature. He will focus on new interdisciplinary alternatives, economic practices, and individual and collection behaviors. 

The emphasis on change and revolutionary solutions continues in a conversation with Wendi Goldsmith, founder and CEO of the Bioengineering Group. She and Trisha Badger, Managing Director of the World Ocean Observatory, discuss new engineering practices, ecological design, and innovative restoration projects in coastal wetlands, municipal parks, and inland waterways.
Wendi Goldsmith | Bioengineering Group | World Ocean Journal

Internationally, you will find a survey of artistic representations of Mami Wata, an African goddess of the sea, by Dr. Henry John Drewal, a colorful portfolio of artistic representations of this sea spirit who has found her way into the material and religious culture of Africa and the African diaspora. 
Mami Wata | Henry John Drewal | World Ocean Journal

You will hear a live performance of "Visions at Sea" by The Rubens Quartet,  a young Dutch chamber ensemble, composed by Joey Roukens and commissioned for the 2013 re-opening of the National Maritime Museum of The Netherlands in Amsterdam.

And you will hear a plea for international consideration of the impacts of climate change and sea level rise on small island nations by Ronnie Jumeau, Seychelles Ambassador to the United Nations and United States, excerpted from a video interview at the Climate Summit in Copenhagen in 2009. Produced by the World Ocean Observatory and Compass Light Productions.

Finally you will see World Ocean Observatory Director Peter Neill's own reflections on “reciprocity” as a rationale and framework for exchange of value and engagement between the ocean and us, between civil society and the natural world that sustains it. This essay was first heard on World Ocean Radio on 2013.
Peter Neill, Reciprocity | World Ocean Journal
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