“In the salvation of the ocean lies the salvation of ourselves”
I’m Duncan Greenhill, the person behind Our Common Ocean. I’ve been enthralled by the ocean since I was a small child, despite living about as far away from the coast as you can get in the UK. Any family holiday would invariably start with me pestering my parents to take me to the harbour to see the boats, or to the beach. And if I was on the beach, I was either rockpooling or in the water. Later I would go on to study Marine Biology and Zoology at Bangor University followed by a masters in Environmental and Ecological Sciences at Lancaster University, and later a teaching qualification (PGCE).
I started Our Common Ocean because wherever we live the oceans are part of us. Around half of all the oxygen we breath comes not from forests, but from the phytoplankton of the oceans. Our health depends on the health of the oceans, but the oceans face many threats – they are warming, becoming more acidic, and being damaged by the effects of pollution and overfishing. Since we all depend on the oceans it’s the responsibility of us all to play our part in protecting them, and that starts with education:
“In the end we will conserve only what we love, we will love only what we understand, and we will understand only what we are taught.” Baba Dioum