Friday, 23 December 2011

50 Ways to Be a Sea-Changers Part Three


Ways to be a Sea-Changer #31  
Consider how you can recycle and reduce the rubbish going into landfill/the sea. We came across some great ideas:
  • Check out cleaning products from Method who use recycled plastic found in the oceans to make their product containers. 
  • How about this…a 101 ideas of how to recycle a woodenpallet. Made my pallet fence on the allotment look pretty tame!
  • Finally we came across this cool website with some top recycling ideas.

Ways to be a Sea-Changer #32  
Create the next generation of Sea-Changers and check out the new marine magazine for kids called ‘Sea-Urchins. With a host of celebrities and well-known names from the world of music, television and nature lining up to get involved; the magazine promises to make science cool and fun for kids and at the same time make subjects like the ocean, marine life and diving accessible.  The first issue of Sea Urchins, which will initially be produced quarterly, comes out in February 2012 with a minimum print run of 25,000 copies and will provide an excellent vehicle for reaching boys and girls aged 5 -15.  You can download the pilot copy for free.

Ways to be a Sea-Changer #33  
Campaign for the establishment of marine reserves. A SHOCKING 0.6% OF OUR WORLDS OCEANS ARE PROTECTED and it simply isn’t enough. The establishment of large-scale networks of marine reserves, urgently needed to protect marine species and their habitats, could be key to reversing global fisheries decline. For more information and to sign a petition campaigning for more reserves check out Greenpeace or the Blue Marine Foundation.

Ways to be a Sea-Changer #34  
Too cold to go out, bored of programmes on the TV. Here’s a solution….Watch Sharkwater and be inspired to action to save our sharks 

Ways to be a Sea-Changer #35 
Learn about the oceans and  the issues that effect them. The more we understand the seas, the more we can identify action that will help to ensure their future health. There are some great books and websites around but why not try downloading the Naked OceansPodcast and listen to some fascinating stuff about the oceans and marine conservation whilst on the go. Visit    or visit Itunes.

Ways to be a Sea-Changer #36
Become a Sea-Changer business. If you run a diving business we need you. We are looking for dive retailers, holiday companies and training companies to become work with us and support marine conservation. It is easy to do, will cost you nothing and will enhance your environmental credentials. It will also make a massive difference to the seas. Email us on info@sea-changers.org.uk  to find out more. 

Ways to be a Sea-Changer #37
This Holiday Season why not consider the sea and the environment in the presents you buy. Go for  presents that are made from recycled material,  that cut down on future waste and that reduce water pollution and so on.  There are some great gifts that your family and friends will love and will also have a positive effect on the environment. This can be a very wasteful time of year but by thinking outside of the box you can find gifts for everyone which can go a long way towards reducing some of your wastage.

Ways to be a Sea-Changer #38 
Get on your bike. Reducing global warming requires us all to make changes in our lifestyle. In December a new climate deal has been signed in Durban and our challenge is what we will do individually to impact on the environment. Many of us jump in our cars for short journeys around town without a second thought. A great way to save money on petrol and cut down on our CO2 emissions is to commit to walking or cycling instead of driving for journeys we need to make under two or three miles. In 2012 why not make a commitment to do things differently and leave the car parked where we can.










Ways to be a Sea-Changer #39 
Engage the Sea-Changers of tomorrow in the sea and marine conservation. The Marine Conservation Society have a cool website for kids that contains facts, games, puzzles, and video to excite and interest children about marine life and marine issues. There are also materials which can be downloaded and used in schools. 

Ways to be a Sea-Changer #40  
Book the Cool Seas Roadshow for your local school. The Cool Seas Roadshow is a spectacular marine wildlife learning experience for schools. The Roadshow entertains and raises awareness and understanding about the importance of our fantastic marine wildlife. Presenter Andy Starbuck thrills pupils and teachers alike with his life-size, inflatable whales, dolphins, sharks, turtles, seals and porpoises. Through a series of interactive role-plays with volunteers from the audience, Andy explains the threats our marine wildlife face and how we can all help in protecting these amazing creatures.If you are interested in booking the Cool Seas Roadshow for your school, e-mail the MCS at info@mcsuk.org

Ways to be a Sea-Changer #41  
Adopt or Sponsor a Whale or Dolphin. The lives of whales and dolphins are under threat from the introduction of toxic contaminants into the ecosystem, exposure to marine litter with risk of entanglement and ingestion, boat collisions, noise pollution, and the general damage and degradation of their marine habitat.
Help safeguard a whale or dolphin for future generations for as little as £3.50 per month through organisations like the Hebridean Whale andDolphin Trust.

Ways to be a Sea-Changer #42  
Do you run a surfing related business?  Why not become a Sea-Changer business. We are looking for surfing retailers, and training companies to become work with us and support marine conservation. It is easy to do, will cost you nothing and will enhance your environmental credentials. It will also make a massive difference to the seas. Email us on info@sea-changers.org.uk to find out more.

Ways to be a Sea-Changer #43  
Are you thinking about where to go on holiday next year. Consider the environment when planning your trip:
  • Avoid the plane and take a train
  • Book through a travel agency that considers eco tourism or is a Sea-Changer business
  • If you are going to dive, use a dive school that has an active commitment to the local sea environment.
  • Research  green travel options. The Guardian publish a useful Green Travel Guide.

Ways to be a Sea-Changer #44  
Think about the marine environment while you are on your holidays. For example;
  • Don't dispose of litter in the sea (or anywhere else other than a bin). Turtles mistake clear plastic waste for jellyfish and can die if they eat it.
  • Don't drive motorised vehicles on the beach. Compacted sand makes it hard for turtles to dig nests.
  • Research marine tour operators and don't use those that disturb or harass wildlife such as dolphins.
  • Avoid restaurants that serve undersized crabs and lobsters as this contributes to the species' demise.
  • Don't buy shells or other marine products as this encourages the destruction of the beaches and reefs. Empty shells provide homes for hermit crabs and some fish.
  • Don't remove, damage or touch corals. They are living organisms that take years to grow and support many species.
  • Avoid wearing sun tan lotions/products that are non-organic/toxic

Ways to be a Sea-Changer #45  
Get stuck in to some practical marine conservation. CoralCay Conservation offer some great opportunities to travel, learn and undertake some really valuable and practical marine conservation work. Win/Win/Win.

50 Ways to be a Sea-Changer #46 
Planning your Christmas holiday menus? Why not try something a bit different. The Fish Fight Website has some mouth-watering recipes that all use sustainable fish such as Pepper mackerel salad with vegetable crisps.  

Ways to be a Sea-Changer #47
Tweet, blog, talk, message, post, shout, gossip, share, write about Sea-Changers....to everyone and anyone. We are working to create a growing movement of Sea-Changers (retailers & members of the public who want to make a real difference to marine conservation). So help spread the word about Sea-Changers, the work we are doing and make 2012 the year we begin to see a real Sea-Change.

50 Ways to be a Sea-Changer #48 
Become a volunteer for Sea-Changers. As a new charity there is lots of work we need to do and never enough time/people to do it. So, if you have skills you think may be of benefit to us, and time to give, we would love to hear from you.  The areas we would find particularly useful are; writing, grant applications, sales & marketing, IT/web design, creative/art, finance, & retail. But most importantly we want to work with people who are passionate to make a difference to the marine environment and enthusiastic about the work of Sea-Changers. If you would like to find out more or have a chat about possibly becoming a Sea-Changers volunteer drop us an email with your name and contact details to: info@sea-changers.org. We would love to hear from you.

Ways to be a Sea-Changer #49 
Be a super supporter - undertake a sponsored event for Sea-Changers in 2012. Swim, run, bike ride, parachute jump, walk, knit, bungee jump, bake, surf, sail, coffee morning etc etc  and raise funds for Sea-Changers work. All the work of Sea-Changers is done on a voluntary basis and finded through donations and sponsored events. Your effots will allow our work to continue.



Ways to be a Sea-Changer #50  
Think about the difference you want to make to the oceans & commit to as many of the 50 ways to be a Sea-Changer as you can. It is easy to sit back and think “Oh someone else will sort that out the problems of marine conservation”. But if the sea problems are going to turn around we each need to start taking responsibility & taking action, no matter how large or small. Over the last 50 days we have given you a range of things you can do that will make a difference to the seas. We hope you have enjoyed these, & found them interesting. But most of all we hope we have given you some ideas about the difference you can make. So, what are you going to do to be a Sea-Changer in 2012?

‘Will tomorrow's child ask why we did nothing on our watch to protect the sharks, tuna, coral reefs, and the other threatened life of our living oceans?’ Sylivia Earle

Sunday, 4 December 2011

50 Ways to Be a Sea-Changer Part Two


Ways to be a Sea-Changer #16 
Ditch those plastic bags. According to Plastic Oceans, annually approximately 500 billion plastic bags are used worldwide and more than one million bags are used every minute. A plastic bag has an average “working life” of 15 minutes and Plastic Pollution is having a significant environmental impact particularly on marine life and coastlines. So make a difference to marine conservation by investing in some reusable bags to use when doing you go to the shops Why not try out Onya Bags?

Ways to be a Sea-Changer #17  
Think Again About Fish Farming. Many of us assume that farmed fish are a sustainable solution to over-fishing problems. But there are a range of environmental concerns associated with fish farming including:
        Dependence on industrial fisheries of wild fish stocks, for manufacture of fish-feed.
        Spread of disease and sea lice to and from wild stocks.
        Impacts on wild salmon stocks through escaped farmed salmon interbreeding with wild salmon.
        Nutrient pollution (from faeces and waste food) building up underneath cages and being suspended in the water column.
If you choose farmed fish, choose only organic farmed fish or fish from well-managed farms. You can find out lots more about sustainable fish farming on this video on responsible fish supply.

Ways to be a Sea-Changer #18  
Think Before You Flush! Every day people flush objects such as cotton buds, sanitary products, condoms and razors down the toilet instead of putting them in the bin. Do you? This can have a huge negative impact on the water environment. From now on, only flush stuff that has passed through you and the toilet paper you use. Visit Surfers Against Sewage for more info.

Ways to be a Sea-Changer #19 
Going out for a meal? Ask the restaurant if the fish they are serving is sustainable. If you want more information on restaurants that are already serving sustainable fish visit Fish to Fork.

Ways to be a Sea-Changer #20  
Spend a cosy night in watching a good video. There are some great DVDs available which really shed light on the big issues facing marine conservation today. A good starting point is the ‘End of the Line’ film which focuses dramatically on the issues of over fishing and the impact of this on the ocean and our future.

Ways to be a Sea-Changer #21 
Boycott Dolphinariums
For many of us, our first (and sometimes only) encounter with dolphins and whales comes from seeing them in Dolphinariums such as Sea World. Whilst this can be an amazing experience for the customer to see such amazing and intelligent mammals so close up it is not a positive experience for the animal. Whales and dolphins kept in unnatural, cramped environments experience great stress and this impacts drastically on their health. So boycott Dolphinariums and if you want to go a step further, campaign for the release of dolphins and whales where they are kept in captivity.


Ways to be a Sea-Changer #22 
Learn about Whales and Dolphins in the wild and find out how surveying them can help to protect their future. The Sea Watch Foundation run a great two day programme from which you can learn all about these amazing animals as well as gain practical skills in how to carry out cetaceans surveys from land or sea. This means you can help provide invaluable survey data on whales and dolphins sightings around our coasts. You learn lots and gain skills to help SeaWatch learn more about cetaceans around our shores – win, win.

Ways to be a Sea-Changer #23
Enjoy a walk along your local beach. Be inspired by it, remind yourself how fantastic the ocean makes you feel….and make sure you leave it in better shape that you found it:
  • Don’t walk on the dunes
  • Take along a rubbish bag and pick up any litter you find
  • If you are walking the dog – clean up after them
  •  Have a great day.









Ways to be a Sea-Changer #24  
Watch the movie ‘The Cove’ This amazing film will open your eyes about how dolphins that are kept in captivity are captured. Shocking and gripping…you will never think of Flipper in the same way again.

Ways to be a Sea-Changer #25 
Buy only sustainable fish. Scientists predict that if we continue fishing as we are now, we will see the end of most seafood by 2048.  Industrial fishing has depleted stock of tuna, cod, swordfish and marlin by as much as 90 percent.
One choice we have, is to eat less fish. Another is to only buy fish that is from well-managed sustainable sources. Download the Marine Conservation Society Good Fish Guide to ensure you make great fish choices 

Ways to be a Sea-Changer #26  
Conserve energy to help the seas and yourself. Conserving energy not only keeps your bills down but also reduces the impact of energy stations which can poison ocean waters and contribute to global warming. Loads of energy providers give advice on saving energy and a quick search can lead you to some great tips.

Ways to be a Sea-Changer #27 
Become a Sea-Changer business. If you run a sailing business we need you.  We are looking for chandleries, boat sales and sailing training companies to become work with us and support marine conservation. It is easy to do, will cost you nothing and will enhance your environmental credentials. It will also make a massive difference to the seas. Email us on info@sea-changers.org.uk to find out more.

Ways to be a Sea-Changer #28  
Dive responsibly.
Diving can impact on the ocean but there are some simple steps we can take to ensure we keep our environmental impact low. Areas to consider include:
  • Be aware of your body and equipment placement when diving
  • Keep your dive skills sharp through continuing education
  • Consider how your interactions affect aquatic life
  • Understand and respect underwater life
  • Be an eco-tourist
  • Report environmental disturbances or destruction
  • Don’t collect shells/marine life when diving
  • Get involved in local environmental activities and issues.
Read more here: Project Aware Tips

Ways to be a Sea-Changer #29 
Traveling over Christmas to see family and friends?  Book your ticket via easyfundraising and raise money to fund our work with your ticket purchase. Plan a great trip and raise money for marine conservation in a super simple way.

Ways to be a Sea-Changer #30 
Is it just us or do you sense a growing movement of people keen to make a real difference to the state of our oceans and marine conservation? We would love you all to get involved in sharing your ideas about how to Be a Sea-Changer. So come on, post your marine conservation ideas and news on our Facebook page or blog site.