Acclaimed author and ocean activist David Helvarg, founder and Executive Director of Blue Frontier (www.bluefront.org) will share the history, culture, and changing nature of California’s coasts and ocean in a public talk at the Hopkins Boat Works lecture hall. In discussing his book, ‘The Golden Shore – California’s Love Affair with the Sea,’ just out in paperback with a new Foreword by Ted Danson, Helvarg will examine how the Pacific has come to define California’s economy, lifestyle and adventurous culture.
He will show a short book video and then relate how California’s growth as a maritime power from Paleo-Indians trading in the Channel Islands to the development of America’s largest (and greenest) ports helped shape the world’s 6th largest economy. He will highlight the role of the Navy, surfers and other drivers of change in the nation’s most populous state and how a Gold Rush and World War redefined the Golden Shore. He’ll explain the ongoing currents of discovery, California’s unique contribution to marine science and science-driven policies at a time when the best available science is identifying a global crisis in our living seas. While over-fishing, pollution, loss of habitat and climate change threaten the very survival of most of our blue planet and ocean-dependent economies, California provides a model for how we might turn the tide and live well with our coasts and ocean.
David will have books available for signing at the event.