Reasons to be cheerful #3

There are a lot of positive people out there who are stepping up for the sea and making changes to protect it. Here are a few reasons to be cheerful about the state of the ocean from the last month. Ikea goes circular Our society is pretty wasteful, but Ikea are taking a step towards tackling this by creating…

Reasons to be cheerful #2

It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the amount of negative news about the ocean, and so here are some cheerier things to think about that have been in the news recently. It’s not all bad. Microbeads are going to be banned in the UK There was talk a while ago about the government working with…

Reasons to be cheerful

My newsfeed has been full of pretty depressing ocean stories lately, and just scrolling through for a couple of minutes has been leaving me feeling a bit overwhelmed by it all.  Photos of marine life tangled up in nets, piles of dead sharks and thousands of bright pink plastic bottles washed ashore from containers that went overboard…

The lungs of our planet

Today is Oceans Day at the climate change negotiations conference, COP21, in Paris. It’s really important not to forget how much we rely on the ocean. It’s a major source of food, a massive oxygen producer, soaks up huge amounts of excess carbon and houses 80% of all life on earth. We’d be pretty stuck without it….

Five projects turning marine debris into cool stuff

As I’ve mentioned in posts before, far too much plastic and other debris currently ends up in the oceans. It’s damaging to the marine environment in lots of ways, but hopefully you knew that already. There are lots of projects out there which are tackling the problem, by gathering plastic from the oceans and turning…

Speaking in schools: what I’ve learnt so far

Towards the end of my first year at University I joined the Royal Geographical Society Geography Ambassadors Scheme, and it’s one of the best things I’ve done at Uni. At school I had attended lots of talks by visiting speakers or students who had done exciting things during or after their school years. These talks were…