Monday, 18 June 2012

Welcome to the Sea Champions blog!

A big, warm welcome to all our Sea Champions to the Sea Champions interactive blog!

For those of you that have stumbled across our blog, Sea Champions is an exciting new volunteering initiative for the Marine Conservation Society. With funding support from Marks & Spencer we can now mobilise thousands of volunteers across the nation that have a passion for our seas.
Sea Champions are our hands on the ground. By helping to raise a public voice in your communities Sea Champions can enable us to challenge governments and organisations who can make a difference to the way our oceans are treated. We have found that people power really brings about change for the better - convincing governments of the need for a marine act, helping supermarkets to see the need to source sustainable seafood, and informing public opinion more widely.
You can help us in our vital work, and immerse yourself in MCS activities in many different ways under our three overarching themes of marine protection, sustainable fisheries and clean seas and beaches.
From writing to your MP and pledging for marine protection in England, Scotland and Wales, distributing campaign materials, and holding talks and attending events, to creating plastic bag free communities, campaigning against balloon releases, or organising beach cleans. These are just a few of the many activities you could get involved in as a Sea Champion. Or perhaps you have a particular interest in marine wildlife and want to get involved in wildlife surveys?
This blog has been set up to help you share your stories and ideas with other Sea Champions across the nation.
Want your ideas or activities to appear on this blog? Then get in touch with your Volunteer Coordinator:

Scotland: Matt Barnes t: 07891 319268 e:
Wales: Rebecca O'Dowd t: 07772 218655 e: rebecca.o'
South West: Patrick Joel t: 07891 319277 e:
South & South East: Ed Santry t: 07772 218447 e:
In it, on it, under it or by it –however you enjoy the sea, get in touch with your Volunteer Coordinator to find out more about how you can take action.

Happy volunteering!
Justine Millard, UK Sea Champions Manager.

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