When I became a Sea Champion with the Marine Conservation Society, I was part of the South East network of volunteers. So after moving up to Lincolnshire (following a conservation project in Thailand) I wanted to keep up the work in my new home region.
Lincolnshire’s coastline is huge and even though all of us in the UK are never more than 75 miles from the coast, this is a county that I’d hope would have a soft spot for our seas and marine life.
I’ll be working hard to bring about positive change in my new community, but as always, this can only be done if we act together. First off, I’ll be giving a talk to the University of Lincoln students on 12th February as part of their Go Green Week. This is a chance for young people – tomorrow’s leaders and campaigners – to find out how important our seas are to all of us and how we can protect them.
There’s no getting round the fact that we’re up a smelly creek, but we do have a paddle, and we need to get using it now. I’ll be chatting about pollution, sustainable fishing and my experiences of volunteering as a conservationist. It’ll be fun and lively (I hope, eep!) and if nothing else, I can bribe participants with sustainably sourced fish and chips from the MSC-certified Burton Road Chippy.
If you’re a student or staff member at the uni and would like to join the workshop, follow this link and get in touch via the email provided.
Not connected to the uni? No worries! I’ll be giving another talk at the Revival Cafe in Lincoln on 11th March with Transition Lincoln. Please do get in touch with them if you want to come along, as spaces are limited.
There’ll be more workshops in the future, as well as beach cleans, and fundraising opportunities. So give me a shout if you want to get involved. It’s a great crack, gets you outdoors a lot of the time and is so addictive when you see that you can make a difference!
Love and bubbles,