Oceans Connected is a Not For Profit organisation established in 2019. Being based on the south coast of England means we are on the frontline in the battle against plastic pollution. We witness over consumption, overfishing, the dark side of tourism and the impact of global warming on a daily basis. 

People say that you "don't know what you’ve got til it's gone". The truth is, you knew what you had. You just never realised that you would lose it. Big Yellow Taxi was written and released in 1970 - nearly 40 years ago. Young Canadian called Joni Mitchell, wrote the track. It was like she had looked in to a crystal ball and seen a vision for the future. She stated in an interview in 1996 for the Los Angeles Times:

I wrote 'Big Yellow Taxi' on my first trip to Hawaii. I took a taxi to the hotel and when I woke up the next morning, I threw back the curtains and saw these beautiful green mountains in the distance. Then, I looked down and there was a parking lot as far as the eye could see, and it broke my heart... this blight on paradise. That's when I sat down and wrote the song.

It is a privilege to share our lives with the ocean. It connects us all and that does not recognise or differentiate between race, age, gender or religion.

There are seemingly endless news stories, media reports, tv programmes and corporate companies making grand gestures. Governments are promising immediate action and change. So how is this problem getting worse not better? Irrefutable evidence has been presented to us, yet action is not taking place at rate it needs to.

Some of us are privileged enough to live on the coast. We believe that we see the impact of climate change much more than our land locked cousins. Many people may only venture to the seaside for a fun days out and holidays. Therefore we are duty bound to lead by example.

At peak season, we witness litter strewn beaches and overflowing bins. This gets spread far and wide by the seagulls, foxes, rats and other wild life, that symbiotically benefits from the dark side of tourism. This is just the tip of the iceberg. When you start to look below the surface, you will see the real damage.

As a coastal city, we are keen ocean users and protectors. We swim, surf, paddle board, kayak, dive and jet-ski. We sail, kite surf, walk our dogs and clean our beaches. 


There are hundreds of organisations large and small, already making a huge impact. Bringing together unsung hero's of the sea and giving them a platform to talk about why they are so passionate about what they do, IS the next step in the blue journey.

Shared ideas, shared success, shared achievement.

Life is for living - as long as “living” allows us to enjoy our time with mother nature, without causing her harm.

The ocean connects us all. Let's show our gratitude.