We are 70% water, the ocean provides 80% of the oxygen in the air we breathe and supplies protein and livelihoods to millions around the globe. And yet we have plundered it, disrespected it and treated it as our global rubbish dump.
The Ocean means so much more than that though. It is a sanctuary, a place we gather with friends and family, where we holiday, a healing and calming environment and a place we go to to reset and refresh.
I learnt through ocean outreach and activism that it is really quite hard to engage people with it because so much is unknown. Despite it covering over 70% of our planet, so little is taught in schools and as a result it is only those who explore it or who fall in love with the creatures in it that take action. And so I moved away from ocean activism and into ocean connection. My mission is now to bring the vitamin sea to you
“We only protect what we love, we only love what we understand, and we only understand what we are taught” Jacques Cousteau
Talks and Workshops
I deliver keynote talks and workshops to inspire positive change. I use the stories of adventures, beach cleans and my corporate and life experience to empower sustainable choices. I can work with you to deliver bespoke workshops for team development, finding sustainable solutions, mindfullness and connecting with nature. I have worked with schools, national and international organisations and businesses.
Clare Talks Rubbish Podcast
Join me for a series of conversations with every day heroes who are pioneering positive change. We’re redefining what’s possible.
I launched the #PaddleCleanup campaign after taking part in an expedition to paddle the with of England in 2017. I instantly understood how paddlers have a unique access to the waterways and remote beaches and wanted to empower paddlers to lead the way on and off the water. I do this via day trips, expeditions with #PaddleCleanup co-founder Erin Bastian of Evoke Adventure and have worked with National Sea Scouts Leaders and British Canoeing to give them toolkits to carry out their own #PaddleCleanup.
I write about plastic pollution and solutions, connecting with and helping the natural world, living more in line with our calling, adventure, kayaking, scuba diving, wellbeing, sustainable travel, adventure, beach cleaning, sustainability in work and at home and so much more….
Oceans 8 Brighton
Oceans 8 Brighton is a co-operative consultancy partnership of Brighton and Hove based women who are leading the way for ocean plastic solutions. We have over 100 years of experience in waste solutions and are available for consultancy, media expertise, corporate events and public speaking.
British Canoeing Ambassador
I was honoured to be chosen as one of the first Women’s Paddle Ambassadors for British Canoeing. I took up paddle sports at the cusp of 40 and so am living proof that you can start at any point in life, (there are ambassadors older than me who are also new paddlers). Paddling enables me to get into the wilderness, to reconnect with myself and nature and has enabled me to do things I never ever thought I was capable of.
I am proud to be the campaign manager for Incredible Oceans (IO) who aim to use the combined power of culture, science and charismatic marine life to grab hearts and minds and bring about a sea change in the way we relate to our oceans.
A partnership organisation with a legion of volunteers from all arenas, they team up with scientists, creatives, community organisations, campaigners, companies and broadcast media. IO devise events and education that highlight problems, showcase solutions, and help us all become more ocean literate.
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