Monday, 7 July 2014

Tweeting for Sea-Change

Earlier this year a lovely friend told me about a challenge they had tweet every day, under the hashtag #100daysofhappiness. Each tweet highlighted one thing that day that made you happy. It could be anything, or anyone but it required you to reflect on the day that had passed. Inspired by this idea I also undertook the challenge.

A week or so ago I finished my 100 days of happiness tweeting. It was harder than I'd thought. Partly because at the end of a day I often felt too tired to think about the day, or to tweet. Some days were just bad...and some days it was just really hard to think about what actually made me happy. Those were the days the task was made for, I think...the days when everything is fine, nothing felt outstanding and you take that for happy I should be that life is simple, easy, I have enough of what I need. The task is complete and when I reflect on it I realise I am a very, very lucky person. Surprisingly,  I found that I am missing the challenge. So I have been thinking about what next and I have hit upon another idea


So what is this all about? Well it is hopefully super simple. For 100 days I am going to work to reduce my plastic use and at the end of each day post on twitter, one way I have done this under the hashtag #100dayslessplastic. I am going to try and think of different ways each day but I may need if you have ideas please send them to me.  I recognise that I am not going to throw away my toothbrush and start brushing my teeth with a manky old stick...I want to use a plastic toothbrush. I am focusing on tasks that are small, sustainable, and part of my everyday life.

Why bother?
Plastic is such a massive issue for our world. It is clogging up the land and sea. When I go to a beach, go for a dive, run up a hill, I see plastic. I see it tangled up in plant life, in birds' nests, in seaweed (which of course means it is tangled up in the stomachs of marine life, birds, animals)....and probably increasingly found in our own stomachs. We all use so much plastic stuff each day without even noticing is part of the fabric of our everyday lives. I can't change the world, but I can do my part. That is  what Sea-Changers has always been about...individuals taking small actions, creating a community of change and together can make a big difference to our seas. So I hope my #100dayslessplastic will make a small difference that, alongside lots of other peoples small actions, will change the world.

Why not join me?
You may not be so bonkers as so tweet for 100 days about plastic reduction. But if you are I would love the company and please join me and just include the hashtag #100dayslessplastic in your tweets. But if you dont want to do that, you can do the following:
·         Post the odd tweet about how you have reduced your plastic use.
·         Post on this page, or post on Sea-Changers' Facebookpage ideas or suggestions about using less plastic every day.
·         Retweet my tweets (my personal handle is @IAmASeaChanger but I will also be pushing this idea thorough the Sea-Changers' handle which is @BeASeaChanger) - to encourage me but also spread the word.
·         If you aren't inspired by plastic reduction, but want to do something practical for our seas, visit our website and check out our many other sea-changing ideas.

Basically give me some help, so I can successfully complete my challenge and reduce my plastic impact.

Week One

Week Two
  • Buy big...bulk buy washing liquid etc in 25l vats from Suma wholesale & decanter into jars" says @MayaPlass 100dayslessplastic
 Week Three
Week Four
Week Five

Friday, 6 June 2014

Happy World Ocean's Day

"Happy World's Oceans Day! I hope you have a lovely day on a beach, feeling inspired by the sea and  doing something cool, like a beach clean, that will help our fantastic marine environment. Very best wishes, Helen"

I find wishing you a great Worlds Oceans Day a funny old's a bit like sending a  Mother's Day card. I always do it, and I mean every word I write in the card, and I would never not do it. But, I do find the idea of one day a year celebrating something we should appreciate every day strange...We should be showing our love for our Mums every single day,  not just once every twelve months...and the same  is true for our seas. Every day we should be doing something to show our love for the seas.

I do see that its is helpful, perhaps, to have a day to draw attention to the seas. WOD provides a useful focus for campaigns and activities. I also see that it is an effective way of sharing a focus on a single issue across the world. So, I am not saying that we shouldn't have WOD...I guess I'm just saying we should be careful that we don't direct our energy and activity into grand gestures on just one day, and then feel 'job done'. A year of small sea-changing activities can have more impact than one day.

Our every-day sea changing activities don't have to be big or dramatic. They don't even mean going to the coast. So, here are some every-day sea-changing ideas that make every day a 'World Oceans Day':
  • Check out your cleaning products and switch to some that have a less harmful potential impact on the sea (the EU Ecolabel guarantees that a product is less harmful to the environment than other similar products.)
  • Switch to eating sustainable fish or, if you already do that, tell your best friend, or the bin man or your next door neighbour to switch to sustainable fish.
  • Sign up to do a sponsored event for Sea-Changers
  • Do a 2- minute beach clean next time you are on a beach. Take a bag, and fill it up with beach rubbish, and put it in the bin. I promise it will feel good.
  • Text SEAS10£1 to 70070 and make a direct donation to vital marine conservation projects.
  • Raise money for UK seas every time you buy online through Easyfundraising or search online.
  • Use social media as a tool for change. Get involved in some of the great campaigns out there around marine issues or simply post about your love for the seas. We  have some resources you can download for your Twitter and Facebook pages, just click here .
So that's your next seven days sorted. If you want loads more ideas about how to be a sea-changer every day, whether you live near a beach or not, visit our website...and let's make every day a World Oceans Day.