Our guest today is Dr Christiaan de Beukelaer, a senior lecturer in culture and climate at the University of Melbourne.
Christiaan and Kat discuss in details Trade Winds, a voyage to a sustainable future for shipping, Christiaan's first book to be released in January.
Writing this book was a journey : it started in Sydney where Christiaan learned how to sail to escape from his desk, then continued in Santa Cruz de Tenerife where he embarked on the schooner Avontuur, operated by Timbercoast.
He was going to disembark in Guadeloupe. But it was February 2020, and while sailing the trade winds, Christiaan and his crew mates learned that our world had come to a brutal stop.
Not only did it give Christiaan a lot of time to reflect on the challenges of global shipping, but it also gave him an epic story of an academic stranded at sea!
Trade Winds is an immersive work inside the little known universe of the maritime shipping industry.
The author reviews the problems faced by an industry adverse to drastic change and presents the different bodies governing global shipping, from the IMO to the EU, the seafarers unions and the consumers at the end of this immense supply chain.
From this experience, Christiaan came back with one important message to us: “If we can't swiftly decarbonize shipping, we can't solve the climate crisis”
Bill McKibben, author of “The End of Nature” described Christiaan book as “a truly fascinating account of a voyage, but also of an idea that is counter-intuitive in a world based on speed, but revelatory for a planet that is going to have to start taking real care of itself. There's a bit of romance here, and a lot of reality.”
Finally, let us conclude with this review from Deborah Cowen, author of “The Deadly Life of Logistics”: “'This is a book that should change the world.” Indeed!
Trades Wind is published by Manchester University Press; our listeners can order using the link below and get a 40% discount with the code GIFT40.