Back in the old days, my family, en route to the coast for our holidays, would compete to be first to spy the blue ribbon of sea on the horizon, hence earning the dispensation to scream. ‘I see the sea!’. My parents were terrible at it.
The ocean elicits a visceral response in all of us; we instinctively like to be near it, on it, in it. It’s surely scientifically impossible to explain, given our unsuitability to an aquatic environment. Perhaps it’s the amoebic soupy bits of our brain remembering from whence we all came.
Yet it’s undeniable, our link to the sea, and the decline in the ocean’s health and wellbeing are arguably the strongest stimulus for making us all stewards of environmental causes.
In this issue we celebrate this life force, yet we also challenge ourselves to take steps for its preservation.
We are certainly not powerless to make a difference. Join a coastal clean up (visit sustainablecoastlines.org.nz for a full list) choose farmed seafood or a plentiful wild stock for your meal, and avoid single-use plastics, which make up the bulk of the enormous rubbish gyres in our oceans. Do you really need a straw in that drink, or will your lips work just fine?