We are the voice of the Ocean in Parliament
How do we do it?
We Campaign Behind the Scenes
We meet with a broad range of politicians from all parties as well as government ministers and officials on a regular basis to discuss and educate them about issues facing the ocean and how they as decision makers can help protect the ocean.
We Advocate for Policy Change
We need progressive, world leading policy and legislation that results in real action to protect and restore the ocean. We push for better environmental legislation by backing policy amendments, we support and help develop new legislation, and use prime minister questions and parliamentary debates to challenge government.
We Take Your Voice to The Corridors of Power
We take the evidence you compiled through citizen science and use it to submit responses to government consultations and parliamentary enquiries to prove why we need things like bans on single-use plastics and charges on plastic bags.
We Empower You
Politicians in the UK are elected to represent their constituents like you which means that all of us have the power to demand that Mps and MSPs etc support action to save the ocean.
That’s why we empower you to get in contact with your local politicians to demand change.
We Work with Partners
SAS is part of a number of coalitions and alliances with other environmental organisations working together to tackle the threats our blue planet faces.
We are the founders of the End Sewage Pollution Collation and key partners of the Wildlife and Countryside Link, The Climate Coalition, and Break Free From Plastic. Working together helps to amplify our voice.
The Ocean Conservation All Party Parliamentary Group
SAS provide the secretariat for the Ocean Conservation APPG which brings together a cross party group of Westminster politicians to tackle the biggest issues facing the ocean. This APPG is the voice of the ocean in parliament and helps drive forward the policy and legislative changes we need to protect and recover the ocean.
What Have We Achieved?
- SAS campaigners, volunteers and communities nation-wide have helped to ensure that the UK government and Devolved Administrations are now banning single use items including plastic straws, cotton buds and stirrers.
- Through the Ocean Conservation APPG we helped to turn Parliament Plastic Free.
- Our Message in a Bottle petition supported by 329,000 citizens and delivered to 10 Downing Street, has been pivotal in calling for a Deposit Return Scheme in the UK.
- We delivered the 44,691 strong #End Sewage Pollution petition to the Secretary of State for DEFRA and have secured the backing of over 130 MPs to Sewage (Inland Waters) Bill which is helping to shoot the issue of Sewage Pollution up the political agenda.
- We helped secure new water quality legislation which means 98.5% of the 625 designated bathing waters around the UK are now classified as excellent, good, or sufficient. This is a huge leap forward from when we started in 1990, when just 27% of bathing waters could meet the same standards
- We worked with Wildlife and Countryside Link to create the Ocean Recovery Manifesto which provides a vision for restoring our seas by 2030.
- Our Ocean Conservation APPG workshop on Ocean Recovery equipped MPs with the knowledge they needed to support Ocean Recovery in their constituency.
Ocean and Climate
- Our Ocean and Climate report is helping to shape debate and putting the role of the ocean in tackling climate change firmly on the political agenda.
A Not So Blue Budget
Today saw the Chancellor deliver the UK Governments budget for the year ahead. Unsurprisingly the budget focused on the measures the government will take to help the UK economy recover from the pandemic. But what did it do to help the blue planet recover?
This is what our CEO Hugo Tagholm thought.
“As we begin to see light at the end of the COVID tunnel, todays budget was a chance to help the UK economy get back on its feet after the challenges of the health crisis. It was also a chance for the Government to put their money where their mouth is and deliver on their promise to ‘build back better’ and invest in the blue and green jobs which are vital in delivering a sustainable recovery, which works for people and the planet.
Whilst the budget includes welcome measures such as a new green savings bond and a UK investment bank to fund renewable energy and green infrastructure, it also includes worrying measures such as the freezing of fuel duty and does nothing to stop further investment into heavy carbon industries.
Once again then, the Government is falling short of delivering on their own rhetoric, and the budget fails to show the ambition needed to tackle the dual biodiversity and climate change crisis the planet faces.
As we build towards the G7 Summit and COP26 Boris Johnson must set an example to the world, and demonstrate the same adaptability as he has during the pandemic and rapidly reprioritise investment in measures to recover nature and the ocean, which will also create the sustainable blue and green jobs which people and the economy need.
The Government has a once in a lifetime opportunity to reshape our economy with the welfare of people and the planet at the centre, we can’t afford more empty promises or half measures.
The time to act is now, the world is watching.”
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