We need to be good stewards of the earth…and look at the world in majesty and miracle. We need to recognize we’re part of this ecosystem…we’re not in control of it. ~ John Englander

John Englander, High tide on Main Stree, Climate Change, sea level rise, ocean issues, sustainable choices, ocean activist“we’re past the point of stopping [sea level rise].” For many years, climate change has been a hotly-contested issue, despite the clear evidence that the world is changing. John Englander is here to help dispel the doubts and fully explain the consequences of this atmospheric change and the compelling need for a new perspective in order to save the ocean.

While the Earth is no stranger to cyclical periods of warming and cooling, as John explains, humanity has gone beyond normal cycles creating a hotter and more prolonged warming period. A difference of a couple of degrees in the temperature of the atmosphere and ocean have already had drastic effects, such as the melting of polar ice, ocean acidification, coral bleaching and other surprising consequences that John discusses.

John is one of our Ocean Authors and his best-selling book, High Tide On Main Street: Rising Sea Level and the Coming Coastal Crisis, clearly explains the science behind sea level rise, the impending devastating economic impacts and the “intelligent adaptation” that all businesses and coastal communities must consider today.


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John Englander is an oceanographer, consultant and sea level rise expert. His broad marine science background coupled with degrees in geology and economics allows him to see the big picture on climate and look ahead to the large-scale financial and societal impacts, particularly as they relate to ocean issues and sea level rise. He brings the diverse points of view of an industry scientist, entrepreneur and CEO.

For over 30 years, he has been a leader in both the private sector and the non-profit arena, serving as CEO for such noteworthy organizations as The Cousteau Society and The International Sea Keepers Society. As the Founder of the Rising Seas Group, he works with businesses, government agencies, and communities helping them understand the financial risks of sea level rise.

Mr. Englander is a sought after keynote speaker. His recent media appearances include MSNBC, Fox Business Channel, Al Jazeera America, ABC, CCTV (China), National Public Radio (NPR), and Sky News TV-UK. He has been featured in USA Today, Huffington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, and Publisher’s Weekly.


We need to begin adapting to rising sea level and ocean acidification we need to slow the warming. “


“The fact is that as sea levels rise … the shoreline is going to move and real estate’s going to get destroyed permanently, that gets people’s attention, regardless of their political beliefs… The planet is warmer. The ocean is getting bigger and ice is getting smaller. This is a trend now that’s locked in… We need to begin adapting to rising sea level and ocean acidification we need to slow the warming. “

As John sees it, all we can do now is adopt greener policies to slow down the inevitable. However, he thinks it’s crucial to continue educating people to make sustainable choices and not give up hope. He places special importance on the dive industry and scuba divers, who, he believes should not only become sustainable divers but be ocean activists “the ambassadors of the ocean.” Truly, it is up to divers and the lovers of the ocean, who know it better than anyone else, to bring the rest of the world closer to a new sustainable reality.


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Climate Change, rising sea levels and the impact on our Oceans are possibly the biggest environmental and social issues of our and future generations. To hear this very important interview in its entirety see Blue Ocean Summit 2015: John Englander and find out more about John Englander’s Rising Seas Group. To support the Blue Ocean community and to order John Englander’s book High Tide On Main Street: Rising Sea Level and the Coming Coastal Crisis find it at the Store.

To read about another ocean activist dealing with the very important issue of plastic pollution in our bodies and in our oceans see Ocean Profiles: Dianna Cohen