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Happy Holidays

As the year comes to a close, I would like to wish all my readers a very happy holiday!

2012 has seen some amazing ups and downs in the conservation world, from the creation of the world’s largest network of marine parks, to the ban of live shark finning in Costa Rica and the EU, to the rejection of the supertrawler F.V. Margiris from Australian fisheries, to disappointing environmental commitments at Rio20 and the 15y anniversary of the Kyoto Treaty.

As always, there were great stories of success, sustainability, innovation and inspirational conservation from around the world. And as always, there is still much, much more to do…

But for now I just want to say, thanks for joining me in my first year of blogging. If you haven’t purchased all your eco-Christmas gifts, there is still time! I’d recommend heading over to TreeHugger’s blog for some good ideas if you’re stuck. This time of year always makes me feel generous, and there are many charitable organisations out there looking for some donations as well. Or you could go the whole hog (literally or not), and help out someone less fortunate than you, if you can.

So go on, be excellent to each other.

Have a great holiday season and best wishes for whatever the new year brings.

Cute Christmas Penguin with Santa Hat

P.S. If the world does end tomorrow, this still applies…

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Rescue kittens

I haven’t been able to blog much lately, sorry everyone. This is because we just moved house and the Internet hasn’t been connected yet. I will be back soon though, and hopefully with some great marine news and conservation inspiration.

In the meantime, I would like to introduce you to the newest members of our family: Loki and Neko, two gorgeous little boys who were looking for a home. We got them from Cat Haven, a rescue shelter here in WA, and I’m really looking forward to looking after them for the rest of their lives.

More to come on these little kittens I’m sure. But for now until I get Internet and can write another blog properly again (this iPhone app isn’t that great), hello and see you soon.

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What is Sea Change


A sea change is when something is gradually, markedly transformed. The expression comes from Shakespeare’s The Tempest, when Ariel sings:

“Full fathom five thy father lies,
Of his bones are coral made,
Those are pearls that were his eyes,
Nothing of him that doth fade,
But doth suffer a sea-change,
Into something rich and strange”

The term is an idiom used in modern culture, sometimes used to describe minor shifts in policy or opinion. However, its real meaning is that of a profound transformation, often for the better.

So why did I call this blog Sea Change?

It just seemed to fit. How else to describe the way we should view the world, and change the world? I am a marine biologist by training, a British girl living in Australia, soaking up the sunshine (hopefully without a cancerous future) and campaigning for a brighter, better, greener world. Or in my case, bluer. I believe we could see a sea change in our lifetimes. In our generation, or the next one at least. Definitely before World War III breaks out, or water and oil and food runs out, or the next great Mass Extinction wipes out everything other than homo sapiens from our planet. Every day the world is changing, and I like to think it’s for the better. This blog is intended to highlight those things in everyday (and sometimes once-a-lifetime) life that make a difference. Scientific discoveries, eco-living values, political failures (and successes), campaigns, communities, and altogether positive news…

This is my first blog, but I’m certainly hoping it won’t be my last. Unless my computer breaks, or I lose my phone, or all technology dies inexplicably… (Which whilst unlikely, could happen). In the absence of complete loss of sanity however, I hereby declare my intent to write about anything and everything, and if possible keeping it to the realms of environmental, sustainable, conservationist ideas, lifestyle and knowledge.

So hello world, welcome, and here’s to creating a brighter, better future for ourselves and for the planet.

Sunrise over the Pacific

Sunrise over the Pacific. Photo by Emma Gates

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