Protect and preserve

It’s a time of urgent environmental crisis – and that can feel hopeless at times. But we are more powerful than we think.

This crisis reminds us to learn from nature, to spend time appreciating all we have, and to connect with others doing valuable work to protect and preserve the natural world, all around the globe.

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Making change can be difficult, but returning to the sea offers continual reminders of what we love and why.  Grounded in our appreciation of the sea, we can draw the strength and motivation we need to move forward.

…And when even that feels too hard, we can take a moment to pause, to acknowledge the power of positive actions taking place all around the world – the growing groundswell of support for our natural environment.

As we do so, we can slowly move ourselves into a more fluid, and less terrified, state of mind. One that allows us to move forward again.

When we feel alone, it can be empowering to connect with a group or environmental initiative that is making a positive impact close to home. To start taking those small steps, together, to protect the natural world that sustains us all.  Collecting just three pieces of rubbish from the beach may feel inconsequential, but it starts to make a difference.

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For example, locally, I love the work of Plastic Free Penzance and Surfers Against Sewage. Penzance, where we live, became the UK’s first plastic-free town last year. My kids have also inspired me by joining protests organised by Youth Strike 4 Climate.

We can also look towards the ‘bigger fish’ in the world of environmental action, and towards those working further afield.

Who are the active and impactful organisations we can promote, encourage and support on this journey? Who is working towards strategic change at the highest levels? Again, enough of us choosing to donate just a small amount on a regular basis can form the basis of a powerful world-changing campaign.

So we’re gathering a list of some of the organisations who are already doing important work to protect our seas. Please let us know about projects and organisations you support – together, we can learn more about the amazing community of sea-lovers of which we are all a part – working together to make a positive difference.

heart on beach 2Surfers Against Sewage
Greenpeace
World Wildlife Fund
Global Ghost Gear Initiative
Ghostbusters ADLFG Recovery
Friends of the Earth
The Ocean Clean Up
Blue Life Connections
Authors For Oceans
I am Water
City to Sea
Earthwatch
David Suzuki Foundation
The Ocean Cleanup
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Sea Life Trust: Cornish Seal Sanctuary 
British Divers Marine Life Rescue
Falmouth Marine Conservation
The Ocean Foundation: Blue Mind Fund
Women’s Environmental Network
Marine Conservation Society
Sea Shepherd
Fabien Cousteau Ocean Learning Center
5 Gyres
Plastics Oceans Foundation
Plastic Oceans UK
Ocean Conservancy
Extinction Rebellion

“The future is a fog that is still hanging out over the sea, a boat that floats home or does not.” Anne Sexton

As part of this journey, we’re starting to learn about the many innovative businesses working to build the circular economy, by using recycled marine materials – these include Odyssey Innovation, Finisterre, Planet Love Life, Econyl, and The Other Bag.

Let’s support all of these where we can, and continue to share information and resources, finding ways to connect and support each other.

“For whatever we lose (like a you or a me), it’s always our self we find in the sea.”
E.E. Cummings

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