Ocean Changes are a non-profit organisation that began at the end of 2017. Its founder Rachel Yardley was inspired after watching David Attenborough’s Blue Planet II, and like many others she was shocked and saddened at the extent of damage mankind’s influence had on the world's oceans, through both global pollution and climate change.
Ocean Changes have since been carrying out regular beach cleans and work to raise awareness and to help make an impact on the effect our throwaway lifestyles are having on our seas and marine life. Their first beach clean in January 2018, at Goring-by-sea, attracted 250 motivated volunteers to help clean up their local beach thanks to the impact of Blue Planet II. Ocean Changes use their beach cleans as an opportunity to have fun, make an impact, socialise and spread the word.
On hearing about the fantastic work the charity is doing, Executive Chairman, Carl Bennett decided he’d like to somehow get involved and as such can announce that Trade Skills 4U is now a proud sponsor.
Ocean Changes has been proudly supported by hundreds of local like-minded people, who have come together to unite in their efforts in making a positive change for not only our planet but our oceans and marine life for the future benefit of generations to come.
They boast a small team of passionate members that volunteer their time to help co-ordinate their efforts towards beach cleaning, media sharing and future ambitions of education and changing old habits. They stand for ‘doing’ something about the global manmade issues we are currently facing with ocean pollution and its detrimental effects that we see and witness over and over again.
A message from Ocean Changes as to why we should care
Our oceans dominate our earth’s natural systems, they control the climate and the carbon cycle, produce half of all of the oxygen we breath and support an astounding diversity of life.
Plastics adversely affect terrestrial and marine ecosystems
Nearly 700 marine species have been reported to either ingest and/or become entangled in plastic. This includes almost 50% of all sea birds, sea snakes, sea turtles, penguins, seals, sea lions, manatees, sea otters, fish and crustaceans. The effects can be fatal but may also have other lethal consequences compromising their ability to catch and digest food, escape from predators, maintain body condition and migrate.
Plastic contains chemicals that when eaten leach out and disrupt normal hormonal function. Micro plastics also absorb a wide array of organic and inorganic pollutants from the surrounding environments.
Ingestion of micro plastics from plankton, at the bottom of the food chain is magnified in organisms higher up the food chain (including us) where toxins accumulate, and concentration is increased.
The choices we make today can change the planet of tomorrow; it takes all of us to change the future for the better.
Ocean Changes can’t make such a positive change without our great volunteers and sponsors. You can find out more about us and get involved in our beach cleans by following us on Facebook -@oceanchanges.
We may be a small drop in the ocean, but if we make a big enough splash, we can make waves… let’s make waves!