David Helvarg, war correspondent turned oceans advocate, is the founder and president of the Blue Frontier Campaign. He is also the award-winning author of four books, including Blue Frontier: Dispatches from America's Ocean Wilderness, which Bill McKibben calls "the most comprehensive account available of the state of our nation's oceans, and the best reporting on how they got that way."
The Blue Frontier Campaign supports and amplifies the voices of groups working on ocean and coastal conservation. It gives the Blue Frontier Awards, names an annual “Hero of the Seas,” and produces the The Ocean and Coastal Conservation Guide: The Blue Movement Directory, edited by Helvarg.
Other books by Helvarg include The War Against the Greens: The "Wise-Use" Movement, the New Right, and the Browning of America, 50 Ways to Save the Ocean, and most recently, Rescue Warriors: The U.S. Coast Guard, America's Forgotten Heroes. Rescue Warriors is a celebration of the U. S. Coast Guard, and it explains why the Coast Guard needs to change again in the face of a melting Arctic and other threats, from climate change and oil spills to piracy and pandemics.
In the several phases of his career, Helvarg has reported from all the continents, including Antarctica. His byline has appeared 400 times in publications including The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Popular Science, Sierra, Smithsonian, and The Nation. He has appeared on AP Radio News, Pacifica Radio, and he is regularly heard on the NPR program Marketplace. Helvarg is also a documentary producer, and he has produced more than 40 broadcast documentaries for PBS, The Discovery Channel, and others.
His work as an advocate for the oceans has been honored with Coastal Living magazine’s Leadership Award and the Herman Melville Award from the New York State Marine Education Association.
David Helvarg speaks about the state of our oceans and coastal areas, how they got that way, what it all means for our future, and what we can do about it.
Videos of talks and interviews, an audio interview about ocean protection, and information about his books are available here. To discuss David Helvarg as a possible speaker, please call 408-865-0888, or send us an email message here.
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