“A stunning atlas of the present and future.”—Rebecca Solnit, author of several books including Infinite Cities: A Trilogy of Atlases—San Francisco, New Orleans, New York

Christina Gerhardt. © Beowulf Sheehan.

Atlases are being redrawn as islands are disappearing. What does an island see when the sea rises? Sea Change: An Atlas of Islands in a Rising Ocean weaves together essays, maps, art, and poetry to show us—and make us see—island nations in a warming world.

Low-lying islands are least responsible for global warming, but they are suffering the brunt of it. This transportive atlas reorients our vantage point to place islands at the center of the story, highlighting Indigenous and Black voices and the work of communities taking action for local and global climate justice. At once serious and playful, well-researched and lavishly designed, Sea Change is a stunning exploration of the climate and our world’s coastlines. Full of immersive storytelling, scientific expertise, and rallying cries from island populations that shout with hope—”We are not drowning! We are fighting!”—this atlas will galvanize readers in the fight against climate change and the choices we all face.

Christina Gerhardt is Associate Professor at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, Senior Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley, and former Barron Professor of Environment and the Humanities at Princeton University. Her environmental journalism has been published by Grist.orgThe NationThe Progressive, and the Washington Monthly.

Upcoming events include:

May 23: Green Arcade Books, San Francisco at 7pm PDT
In conversation with Kristina Hill and Ezra David Romero, in-person event, 3rd Floor of Edward McRoskey Loft, 1687 Market St

June 12The Greenhouse Environmental Humanities Book Talk Series, University of Stavanger, Norway at 4pm CEST
Online event

June 25: A Room of One’s Own, Madison at 5pm CDT
In-person event

June 27: Boswell Books, Milwaukee at 6:30pm CDT
In-person event

June 28: Seminary Co-op, Chicago at 6pm CDT
In-person event

June 29: Newberry Library, Chicago at 6pm CDT
In conversation with Indira Khera, in-person and online

July 11: Powell’s Books, Cedar Hills Crossing, Beaverton at 7pm PDT
In-person event

July 13: Elliot Bay Book Company, Seattle at 7pm PDT
In-person event

July 17: Green Apple Books (1291 9th Ave. location), San Francisco at 7pm PDT
In conversation with Zina Deretsky, in-person event

August 19: Co-hosted by Point Reyes Books & Mesa Refuge, Point Reyes Station at 4pm PDT
In conversation with Rachel Brahinsky, in-person event, Dance Palace Church Space, 503 B Street

Stay tuned for more event details