Today’s guest blog is by Martin Granger who has been making documentary films for thirty years. In that time he has won more than 100 international film awards. His work has ranged from directing BBC’s Horizon to producing a BAFTA nominated science series for Channel 4. His novels, although fiction, are based upon his exploits in the film industry.
Have you ever thought about who owns the oceans? It’s a pretty big question, two thirds of our planet is covered in them. So what is there to own you might ask. Take minerals, food and energy for starters. It’s estimated that energy from the oceans could replace eighteen million tonnes of oil and that their mineral content is worth billions. Most war and corporate crime is about territory and possession, so what will happen when people wake up to the fact that these resources are up for grabs? This is the question that set me writing “Oceans on Fire” a thriller where I began to think what would happen if governments and multinational turned to lawlessness at sea, the location for a new crime wave.