Reasons To Be Cheerful #15

September was a great month for ocean conservation, check out some of the positive news below. Huge pub chain cuts out straws Wetherspoons, a huge UK pub chain, has announced that it’s going to phase out plastic straws from its pubs, switching to paper straws instead from January 2018. This is great news as this…

Reasons To Be Cheerful #14

Here’s some of the good stuff that happened for the sea in July 2017. Got to keep that balance.   Zimbabwe bans polystyrene Zimbabwe is banning polystyrene for health and environmental reasons, and it’s going to help solve a whole lot of pollution problems. Kaylite, as polystyrene is known in Zimbabwe, is very common but…

Reasons To Be Cheerful #13

Big commitments at the United Nations Ocean Conference The Ocean Conference took place in New York at the beginning of June, a solid week of negotiations and partnerships for ocean conservation. It was a groundbreaking week of commitments, which led to the release of a strong call to action for the health of the oceans….

Reasons To Be Cheerful #12

May 2017 marks a whole year of Reasons To Be Cheerful. Here’s some positive ocean news from last month. Basking shark hangout could get MPA status A new proposed marine protected area could be designated to protect endangered basking sharks off the coast of Scotland. It’s normally really difficult to protect species that migrate a long…

Reasons To Be Cheerful #11

April was a pretty cheerful month for the oceans, particularly for the people that were brought together at events around the world on Earth Day.  #MakeTheOceanFamous  The Sustainable Oceans Summit was held at Georgetown University on Earth Day with the aim to ‘Make The Ocean Famous’. The Summit was focused on solutions more than problems,…

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….