A few things I’ve learnt about positivity in marine conservation

Positivity is motivating. People need and love a bit of optimism in conservation, and respond well to cheery news. Pointing out the positives helps show that marine conservation is working in some places, which in turn helps to engage more people with the issues and gets them onside with ocean-friendly behaviour. More positivity = more…

Reasons to be cheerful #6

November has been a bit of a turbulent one for the conservation world, but it’s important to remember that there is a lot of good stuff going on and a lot of positive, passionate conservationists out there who will continue to do their thing. So here are some of the reasons to be cheerful about…

Wipes – not as clean as they seem

Face wipes, wet wipes, baby wipes, whichever you use, they’re causing the environment some serious problems and it’s not the first time we’ve heard about it. Disposable, single-use wipes are a menace to the environment. They’re often mislabelled or not labelled clearly enough, and so they’re commonly flushed down the loo. The massive scale of…

Reasons to be cheerful #5

Antarctica’s Southern Ocean getting MPA attention  Marine Protected Area designations are gaining momentum this year, and now Antarctica is getting its turn. The importance of Antarctic waters as the ‘engine room of the ocean’ is being recognised, and discussions are underway for three potential new Marine Protected Areas to be designated to protect fragile polar…

Reasons to be cheerful #4

New MPAs in UK Overseas Territories The UK has designated a huge area of our Overseas Territories as marine protected areas. The areas are located around islands in the Pacific and Atlantic, where some areas will fully ban commercial fishing, but will continue to allow smaller-scale, more sustainable fishing. Some will allow some commercial fishing,…

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…