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 #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…

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…