24 March 2011

Actor, activist, author: Ted Danson pens powerful new book 'Oceana'

Ted Danson may be better known for his acting roles, such as playing Sam Malone on the iconic TV series Cheers. But for the past twenty-five years, he has had a second career as an environmental activist working to alert the world to the critical condition of the Earth's oceans.

Just published by Rodale Press, Danson's Oceana: Our Endangered Oceans and What We Can Do to Save Them shines a spotlight on the most pressing ocean issues of today. In terms of content, the book weaves together compelling personal stories with insightful, timely data from scientists and other experts. Oceana is also beautifully designed, with reader-friendly graphics and stunning photography that makes its often-disturbing message clear and understandable.

For example, did you know that for every pound of shrimp caught, up to 10 pounds of marine life is thrown away? Or that 100 million sharks are killed every year? Or that it takes 3 pounds of wild-caught fish to produce 1 pound of farmed salmon?

Danson's book, his first, not only contains facts like these, helping readers become accurately informed about ocean issues, it also offers concrete steps we can all take to alleviate the crisis. Oceana is a welcome addition to the library of anyone concerned about animal and human life, the marine environment, and how to protect and conserve both.

Elizabeth Gordon | Facebook
Elizabeth is an Asian-Appalachian writer, activist, and college professor living in north central Massachusetts. Once an avowed carnivore, she was a vegetarian for 15 years before making the conversion to veganism. She is passionate about trying to live a life that lessens, rather than contributes to, the amount of cruelty and suffering in this world. Follow Elizabeth on her Vegosphere blog and Facebook page.

Photo credit:cc:flickr.com/photos/sharongraphics