‘Tides’ author Jonathan White to give public talk Monday in Charlottetown
Conservationist, mariner, surfer and author Jonathan White spent four summers in a row visiting the Maritimes for his book “Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean.”
He now returns for a book tour and public talk, including a stop in Charlottetown.
In his presentation, White will highlight his experiences travelling the globe in a quest to understand the history, science and majesty of the world’s most dramatic oceanic tides.
The talk will show why tides will offer critical insight into the planet’s future in this age of global climate shifts.
“In my research I went to those places that have dramatic tides processes at work because these are the places where the experts converge,” said White.
While in Atlantic Canada, he spoke with biologists, oceanographers, professors, researchers, tidal energy experts, naturalists, fishermen, First Nations elders, writers and tourism operators, all in an effort to better understand the tides.
He grew up diving, sailing and fishing on the beaches of Southern California, has logged more than 100,000 miles sailing on the Pacific and Atlantic, and has surfed all over the world.
In the 1980s, he founded the Resource Institute, a nonprofit educational organization for which he hosted a seminar series aboard Crusader, a 65-foot wooden schooner that sailed the Pacific Northwest. Crusader’s odysseys nearly endedin 1990, however, when the boat ran aground and was nearly destroyed on a large tide in Alaska’s Kalinin Bay.
Shaken and intrigued by his underestimation of tides and their power, White set off on a quest across the globe to better understand the phenomena.
White’s public talk takes place at 5 p.m. at the Confederation Centre for the Arts in Charlottetown.
Nature Conservancy of Canada staff will also highlight their work to protect P.E.I.’s coast, which includes nature reserves at Conway Sandhills, Holman’s Island, Thomas Island and Egmont Bay.