The Atlas of Disappearing Places


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Marina Psaros is a sustainability expert and has led climate action programs across public, private, and nonprofit organizations for over a decade. She is one of the creators of The King Tides Project, an international community science and education initiative. An amateur cartographer and ocean advocate, she lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Christina Conklin is an artist, writer, and researcher whose work investigates the intersection of natural systems and belief systems, often using the ocean as both site and metaphor. Her essays, exhibitions, and installations consider our cultural responses to the intersecting ecological and social crises of our time. She holds an MFA from California College of the Arts and has exhibited internationally. She is currently working with thought leaders and activists around the world to help communities create regenerative cultural systems. She lives with her husband and two children in Half Moon Bay, California.


"An extraordinary journey on the frontiers of scientific understanding into life's exquisitely complex interdependence communicated by master storytellers. At once captivating and deeply informative. Terrifying and hopeful, a must-read for all who care." David Korten, author of When Corporations Rule the World, The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community, and Change the Story, Change the Future: A Living Economy for a Living Earth

"An atlas of places that are likely to be transformed beyond recovery over the next decades may seem like a sad theme for a book. Yet Christina Conklin and Marina Psaros have produced a thing of beauty, a testament as gorgeous as the places it sears into our memory. If we do not care, we will not make the effort to save our world. Readers will find themselves caring deeply, and that at least is a first step." Richard Heinberg, senior fellow, Post Carbon Institute

"The Atlas of Disappearing Places grasps the depth and breadth of change taking place. Creative, informative, and provocative, it presents us with artful surprises, poignant anecdotes, and memorable facts. I highly recommend it." John Englander, oceanographer, author of Moving to Higher Ground: Rising Sea Level and the Path Forward

"You are holding a surprising, enlightening, hopeful book. Readers visit twenty places, immersed in the authors' deeply researched reporting; the most heartening stories are the authors' views of the next few decades, showing that positive change is easy to envision and realistic. The art alone speaks volumes about what is possible: for the human heart-mind to envision and pursue a beautiful way through this crisis, out to a more humane and life-affirming future." Carl Safina, author of Becoming Wild: How Animal Cultures Raise Families, Create Beauty, and Achieve Peace

"A deeply researched, artistic, heartfelt introspection of our intimate connection to Earth, and industrialized humans' catastrophic impact upon Her. Illuminating how every decision we make impacts the planet, and thus ourselves, this rare work articulates a stark view of where we are heading, alongside possible mitigation avenues if we are to heed these blaring alarms from the front lines." Dahr Jamail, author of The End of Ice: Bearing Witness and Finding Meaning in the Path of Climate Disruption

"The Atlas of Disappearing Places offers warnings no one wants to hear, though now we ignore them at our peril. Readable, informative, and terrifying, this important book is simultaneously global and local, affecting every aspect of our lives, inland as well as on the coasts. Read it . . . and weep . . . and act. As the seas rise, so must we." Lucy R. Lippard, curator of Weather Report: Art and Climate Change

"The Atlas of Disappearing Places is a story told through art and science that takes us on a journey across the planet through the throwaway culture of plastic waste and the toxic culture of fertilisers and pesticides and dead zones. It is not just a story of climate change. It is also a story of extinction. A must-read for anyone who cares about the future of the planet and people." Vandana Shiva

"Painted with water-soluble inks on sheets of dried seaweed, the book's maps are textured, attractive, and informative. . . . Climate change is not just about melting ice caps and starving polar bears, and The Atlas of Disappearing Places brings that reality home." Foreword Reviews

"Beautiful maps and hopeful vignettes about the future temper this important book about climate change in our world." Library Journal

"A striking and deeply researched work of art and environmental activism." BookPage

"After delving into Christina Conklin and Marina Psaros' engaging and sometimes enraging The Atlas of Disappearing Places: Our Coasts and Oceans in the Climate Crisis, you may find it difficult to remain passive about climate change for a whole lot longer." San Francisco Chronicle

"The rare coffee table book that's also a call to arms." Chicago Review of Books

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