Young students from four schools - Bitterne Park School, Castle View Academy, Ryde Academy and Ryde School with Upper Chine - gathered at Castle View Academy in North Portsmouth on 9th December to celebrate their achievements in being Young Marine Champions for Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust’s project Secrets of the Solent. As a newbie onboard with the Wildlife Trust again (in 2014 I worked with Dr Tim Ferrero and his team on the project Jellytastic) I was delighted to be given a presentation slot at the event.
Emily Stroud, Community Engagement Officer on the project, kicked off the day and then Tim spoke in depth (in more ways than one) about about being a marine biologist. His samples from the deep captivated his audience and his stories from the exploration ships gave the students a glimpse into another world. Inspiring and thought provoking; I am sure some will now consider a career in marine biology.
My slot focused on ‘passion’: what motivates me to be an environmental artist focusing on plastic marine pollution. I spoke about how water and the sea became my muse and my passion for windsurfing got me well and truly submerged! What was it that got these young students to be motivated into caring for their marine environment, the Solent? They jotted down their thoughts onto post-it notes.