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Ocean Glories

Issue 345 - July/August 2024

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Ocean Glories
Issue 345 • July/August 2024

Last chance saloon…

The July/August issue sets out to really inspire people to think about ‘Ocean Glories’ and the marvels that we lose when we don’t take better care of our oceans. We celebrate why we love the ocean and marine life and share stories about people who are taking positive action to halt its ocean.

From the excerpt from ethologist Jonathan Balcombe’s wonderful book What a Fish Knows to ocean writer and regular contributor Melissa Hobson talking to marine scientists, this is a theme designed to get us all geared up for action, and the Making Waves feature in this issue has some suggestions for where to start.

With so many doing so much – yet it is still not enough. It feels as if we are in the last chance saloon, and still most people are not listening. What will it take?

In March 1968, the Senegalese forestry engineer and environmentalist Baba Dioum, shared the following wisdom in a paper presented at the triennial meeting of the General Assembly of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature: "In the end, we will conserve only what we love, [and] we will love only what we understand."

If we don’t understand anything else, we surely by now understand that our ocean is dying, as are the creatures that live in the sea, that they need our help, and that the time to step up and act is now.

Movement Power: Brendan Montague
The rights of nature: Becca Blease
United we can thrive: Caroline Lucas
The mysterious root people: Paul Evans
Celebrating a cultural tipping point: Helen Moore