Safina, Carl

Persona

Carl Safina al Festivaletteratura 2011 - ©Festivaletteratura

Carl Safina è nato nel 1955 in America è presidente e co-fondatore del Blue Ocean Institute, e autore di diversi scritti sull'ecologia marina e sugli oceani, ha vinto numerosi premi sia per "Song for the Ocean Blue" nel 1998 che per "Eye of the Albatross" nel 2002. Gran parte dei suoi scritti hanno illustrato come l'oceano stia cambiando e come questi cambiamenti abbiano influito sulla fauna selvatica e sulle persone. I suoi più recenti lavori esplorano la dimensione scientifica, morale e sociale del nostro rapporto con il mondo naturale. Nel 1990 si è occupato delle conseguenze che la pesca può provocare sull'equilibrio ambientale. La sua ricerca iniziale focalizzata sull'ecologia degli uccelli marini, ha poi contribuito a condurre numerose campagne per riscrivere la legge federale della pesca degli Stati Uniti. Safina, che ha conseguito un dottorato di ricerca in Ecologia presso l'Università di Rutgers, è autore di oltre cento pubblicazioni scientifiche e divulgative, apparse sul National Geographic e sul New York Times. Ha scritto sei libri, non ancora tradotti in italiano. Nel 2010 ha pubblicato il suo primo libro per bambini. "The View From Lazy Point; A Natural Year in an Unnatural World" è il titolo del suo ultimo libro pubblicato nel 2011.

Carl Safina works to show that nature and human dignity require each other. His writing has illuminated how the ocean is changing and what the changes mean for wildlife and people. His recent works probe the ways in which our relationship with the natural world plays out in scientific, moral, and social dimensions. In the 1990s he brought fisheries issues into the environmental mainstream. His early research focused on seabird ecology. He lead campaigns to ban high-seas driftnets, to re-write U.S. federal fisheries law, to work toward international conservation of tunas, sharks, and other fishes, and to achieve passage of a United Nations global fisheries treaty. Safina, who has a PhD in ecology from Rutgers University, is the author of more than a hundred scientific and popular publications. His work has been featured in National Geographic magazine and in The New York Times. He has also contributed a new Foreword to Rachel Carson's seminal work, "The Sea Around Us". Safina is the author of 6 books. His first book, "Song for the Blue Ocean", was chosen a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, a Los Angeles Times Best Nonfiction selection, and a Library Journal Best Science Book selection; it won the Lannan Literary Award for nonfiction. His second book, "Eye of the Albatross", won the John Burroughs Medal and the National Academies' communications award for the year's best book. Safina's "Voyage of the Turtle" was a N.Y. Times Editors' Choice. He published his first children's book, "Nina Delmar: The Great Whale Rescue" in 2010. "The View From Lazy Point; A Natural Year in an Unnatural World" was released in 2011. It has drawn two starred reviews, was named a New York Times Editors' Choice and was National Geographic Traveler's book of the month. Safina's chronicle of the Gulf blowout, "A Sea in Flames", was released on April 19, 2011--the anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon explosion and was published in Italy by Edizioni Ambiente (translated by Franco Lombini and Mario Tadiello). "A Sea in Flames" is also a New York Times Editors' Choice. Safina has been profiled on Nightline and twice in the New York Times; named among "100 Notable Conservationists of the 20th Century" by Audubon magazine. He has honorary doctorates from the State University of New York and Long Island University. Safina is founding president of Blue Ocean Institute and is adjunct professor at Stony Brook University. Carl is a MacArthur Fellow, a Guggenheim Fellow, a Pew Fellow, and a recipient of Chicago's Brookfield Zoo's Rabb Medal, among other honours.

Bibliografia

"Song for the Blue Ocean: Encounters Along the World's Coasts and Beneath the Seas", Henry Holt and Co, 1998
"Eye of the Albatross: Views of the Endangered Sea", Henry Holt and Co, 2002
"Voyage of the Turtle: In Pursuit of the Earth's Last Dinosaur", Henry Holt and Co, 2006
"The View from Lazy Point: A Natural Year in an Unnatural World", Henry Holt and Co, 2011
"Un mare in fiamme. Il più grande disastro ecologico di tutti i tempi" di Carl Safina, Edizioni Ambiente, 2011