The UK winner of an international competition to make a video about marine conservation visited us at the Citadel Hill laboratory.
As part of the EU Sea Change project people from all over Europe were invited to share their ideas about how to increase awareness of European citizens regarding the importance of the ocean for us and importance of our daily actions, for the ocean. People were asked to make a short video in which they presented their idea. Seven countries took part in the contest including the UK. The public voted on their favourite video with a winner from each country receiving a prize plus an overall European title.
The prize for the UK winner was a visit to the MBA’s internationally renowned laboratory on Plymouth Hoe. The UK entry that received the most votes was created by Allicia Fullerton from Budleigh Salterton with a video that focuses on the issue of marine and coastal litter. At the end of November, Allicia was given a tour of the research facilities, met scientists and learned about their research. Following lunch in the MBA Common Room Allicia discussed with Sea Change project staff her vision for an event to raise awareness of marine litter.
Sea Change is an EU funded project which aims to bring about a fundamental change in the way European citizens view their relationship with the sea, by developing “Ocean Literacy” (an understanding of the ocean’s influence on us and our influence on the ocean) in Europe to foster responsible behaviour towards the seas and ocean and their resources.
The winning idea will serve as the basis for developing an education or outreach event that will be organised in the respective countries. Dr. Jan Seys from the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) that organised the competition said: “In order to make a leap forward in terms of increasing the public’s ocean awareness, we need input from citizens, young and old. Only with their innovative ideas on how to shape the world in a more ocean friendly way, we will be able to bridge the gap between what people know and appreciate about the ocean and what experts think they should know and feel responsible for.”