Climate change – scaremongering or an unfortunate reality? Interview with Wendel Trio, Director of the Climate Action Network Europe (CAN Europe)

By Hannah Schartmann. A warm welcome, Wendel Trio. What are your tasks at the Climate Action Network Europe? I have been the Director of CAN Europe since September 2011. My main tasks include strategy development, political representation, developing the network and fundraising. I also coordinate and manage the secretariat. Can you tell me a bit…

ex aqua – Sustainable Ocean Farming on Madagascar

The Toliara region in southwest Madagascar is one of the poorest regions in the world. In Ifaty, a small fishing village in the Bay of Ranobe, the locals also suffer from the consequences of declining fish stocks. Due to unsustainable fishing methods in the region, the livelihood of over 300 fishermen in the village is…

Portuguese NGO ‘Ocean Alive’ – Video Story

The marine biologist, Raquel Gaião Silva, made a video about a portuguese NGO named Ocean Alive that is making the difference when it comes to Climate Action. The video shows their involvement with the local fishing community and their fantastic role in protecting the seagrass meadows. Are you curious about it? Take a look! Seagrass…

No-Trash Triangle Initiative – Addressing plastic pollution in Indonesia

The Coral Triangle in South East Asia is home to one of the most biodiverse marine environments on our planet but plastic pollution is rapidly degrading this delicate ecosystem. To prevent the Coral Triangle from being suffocated by plastic, the No-Trash Triangle Initiative was founded on Bangka Island, North Sulawesi, in late 2017 by marine…

The Manta Trust – Protecting rare creatures of the ocean

By Hannah Schartmann. Hi Tam, a warm welcome to the interview. You are working for the Maldivian Manta Ray Project. This project has the goal to protect mantas and devil rays. Why is it important to protect them?  Mantas are some of the largest and most intelligent animals in the sea. Their complex behaviours set…

“We Built This City.” – The Oysters of New York Harbor

By Lauren Giglio. How the Billion Oyster Project is Saving the Eastern Oysters of the Atlantic Let’s take a journey together; you are roaming the streets of New York City, people-watching through the large crowds, listening to the taxis and buses beep as they fly by, the aroma of the hotdog cart surrounds you. It…

Fighting plastic pollution and poverty at once: The Plastic Bank

By Hannah Schartmann. Shaun Frankson is Co-Founder of the Plastic Bank – a project to stop ocean plastic pollution. The motivation of this project is obvious: every minute of every day, tons of plastic get into the ocean worldwide. This amounts to around eight million tons of plastic per year. It is estimated that there…

Smoking kills – not only you

By Leona Ritter von Stein. The problem of plastic pollution in the marine environment has become quite popular over the last few years, thanks to many great people out there, who have opened their eyes and hearts, and raised their voices to increase awareness. NGOs, private initiatives and even politics have taken action and reached…

Sciaena – Oceans | Conservation | Awareness

By Nicolas Blanc. Science is sometimes seen with a certain degree of skepticism by the general public. Scientists often lack the tools (or willingness) to properly communicate about their research outside conferences and peer-reviewed papers, which leads to an increasingly isolated scientific community, and to no real contact between the general public and science. Furthermore,…