Recently, the tele-visual feast of Blue Planet II both wowed and shocked the British public, stimulating immediate widespread popular and political debate (from workplaces to Parliament) about humankind’s over-reliance on cheap single-use plastics in our everyday lives.

Politicians, industry leaders, business owners and consumers are now reinvigorated to challenge this dependency head on, in an attempt to redress the nature-people relationship on planet Earth. All this is taking place against a backdrop where we have rallied far better to protect terrestrial environments than we have ever done so for marine environments.

What can the individual do to change personal preferences and behaviour? What role should governments, NGOs and the private sector play? Will real meaningful change ultimately come from the top down, or from the bottom up?


Lizzie Daly, wildlife biologist and Cbeebies/BBC Earth TV presenter, founder of ‘Do You Suck Cardiff’ plastics campaign.

Bex Lynam, North Sea Marine Advocacy Officer – North Sea Wildlife Trusts

Dr Nina O’Hanlon, Research Associate – Circular Ocean and University of Highlands & Islands

Emma Priestland, Friends of the Earth – Plastic Pollution Campaigner.

Lizzie Daly

Bex Lynam

Nina O Hanlon

Emma Priestland







Chaired by Dr Rob Lambert

Rob Lambert

Date(s) - 17/08/2018
4:00 pm - 4:45 pm

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