‘Tides’ au­thor Jonathan White to give public talk Mon­day in Char­lot­te­town

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - COMMUNITY -

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.

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