10 things I’ve learnt about conservation optimism

‘Conservation optimism is about planning for the future, not just holding the line’ – Elizabeth Bennett. Conservation optimists are focused on making positive change and taking real steps forward for recovery, turning passion into practice. It’s a powerful movement that’s growing fast, thanks to the drive of hundreds of motivated and inspirational conservationists. We need…

Reasons To Be Cheerful #10

From vaquita rescues to dugong drones and plastic bag bans to hydrophones, a lot of good stuff happened for the sea in March 2017. New study reveals success of Palau MPAs  A new study has just been published showing that Marine Protected Areas in Palau are working really well and are effectively increasing fish stocks….

Art Meets Oceans – Benjamin Von Wong

First up in a new series of interviews with artists and photographers who are creatively raising awareness of marine plastic pollution is photographer Benjamin Von Wong. He’s created these striking photos to ignite conversation about ocean health using a mermaid and 10,000 plastic bottles. ‘I’m really inspired by people who are changing the world. People who…

Reasons To Be Cheerful #9

Featuring plastic, policy, coke bottles and tuna tins, here’s a quick rundown of some great stuff that happened for the sea in February. UN launches ‘Clean Seas’ to combat global marine plastic pollution An exciting new UN campaign has just launched to tackle marine plastic on a global scale. The UN ‘Clean Seas’ programme is…

Reasons To Be Cheerful #8

In a month where we all need a bit of optimism, here’s a quick round up of some good stuff that’s happening for the sea. Air China refuses to carry shark fin cargo Air China has taken a bold step and banned cargoes of shark fins on its services which is a huge step forward…

Step up for the sea in 2017

We all know that ‘New Year’s resolutions’ don’t always last, so why not step up for the sea and think of these as lifestyle changes for the oceans instead. They’re just ideas and you don’t have to adopt them all, but remember that all the little things add up. Tackle our plastic overload Say no…

Reasons to be cheerful #7

President Obama bans oil and gas drilling in Arctic, indefinitely President Obama has permanently banned drilling for oil and gas in the majority of US Arctic waters, and is preventing future leasing.  Importantly, he has taken steps to prevent the undoing of this new ocean protection legacy that he will leave behind him in the…