Please join us for an all-ages book launch with Saltspring Island author Michelle Mech and her book Ocean Champions – A Journey into Seas of Plastic. At Well Read Books, 19 Commercial Street. Hosted by Literacy Central Vancouver Island. August 23 August from 2-4pm.
Entry is by donation and refreshments will be provided
“As a life-long artist and naturalist, it is safe for me to say that this book about a journey into seas of plastic is an excellent work. The illustrations are clear and lively, and the story is forceful and focused. Moreover, the message is vitally important as a cautionary tale for all ages from careless kids to thoughtless industrialists… prevention is better than cleanup”
- Robert Bateman, Canadian artist and naturalist
Ocean Champions – A Journey into Seas of Plastic, which looks at the devastating impacts that plastic debris in our oceans is having on marine life. With nine million tons of plastic debris entering the oceans every year from the land - the equivalent of one large garbage truck full every minute - plastic in our oceans is a problem so devastating and colossal that it is easy to give up in despair, feeling there is no way to make a real difference. But Ocean Champions not only communicates this huge environmental problem to young children in an entertaining and educational story; it also empowers them to make a difference by influencing the adults in their lives and by taking action to become champions for our oceans.
Ocean Champions is beautifully illustrated and tells a tale of two children, Kai and Morgan, who are playing on a beach and befriend Botley, a plastic bottle who is afraid of being washed into the ocean. They soon discover a dolphin tangled in fishing net and call a rescue centre for help. The rescuers arrive in the super submersible, Spirit, and thus begins a journey of discovery about the devastating effects that plastic debris is having on marine animals, either through external entanglement that injures, traps, and often drowns them or through plastic ingestion, which causes suffering and often death. Along the way they learn more about ocean plastic and also why our oceans are so important.
Mech has been working on environmental issues for over ten years and in 2014, decided to concentrate her work on the oceans. She has created educational material in both English and Spanish on the impacts of human activities on the oceans that are geared to high school and first year university students as well as adults. More recently, Mech decided that one of the ways to influence people to change their ‘plastic habit’ was to educate young children and change attitudes at the ground level.
Ocean Champions is also brought to life with the illustrations of Comox Valley resident Ian Fry, who was born in Scotland and moved to B.C. in 1995 to become a full-time painter. Ian has exhibited his art in the lower mainland, Vancouver Island, Whistler, Squamish and Vancouver and his paintings are found in corporate and private collections all over the world.