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 #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….

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…

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…