Simple actions to take a stand for our seas - right now

We’re facing a nature and climate emergency and we need your help to save our seas from pollution, mismanagement and overfishing. No matter where you live in the UK, there are plenty of ways that you can help.

If you live in Wales or Scotland, you can use your voice to call for our seas to be prioritised in the run-up to the Senedd and Holyrood elections on May 6. We’ve created handy editable templates that you can use to start a conversation with your Welsh and Scottish election candidates via letter or email. These templates outline the work that’s needed to improve the declining health of our seas, secure sustainable fisheries and reduce marine plastics. If you’d like to make this letter more personal and edit it to talk about the issues that concern you, even better!

Wales

Ocean bay view, Wales

We recently published a blog calling for Welsh ocean enthusiasts to speak up for our seas in the run-up to the Senedd elections. Now that we’ve inspired you to use your voice to call for the recovery our oceans so desperately need, we’d like you to go one step further. You can use this template. We’d love to hear the replies that you get from your election candidates. Please feel free to forward any responses on to us, should you wish to do so.

Don’t forget to seek out candidates from all of the parties that are campaigning for your votes, because this election is set to be one of the closest to date. There will candidates representing each of Wales’ 40 constituencies, as well as the five regional areas: Mid and West Wales, North Wales, South Wales Central, South Wales East and South Wales West. You can see who currently represents you here with many current MS standing for re-election. There’ll also be some new candidates running for the first time, so be sure to double-check if there’s anyone else you could contact.

The parties campaigning for your votes include: Welsh Labour, the Welsh Conservatives, Plaid Cymru, the Welsh Liberal Democrats, the Wales Green Party, the Abolish the Welsh Assembly Party (AWAP), Reform UK and UKIP.

Scotland

Coastline Scotland

In Scotland, we’ve been encouraging political parties to include ocean recovery actions in their manifestos, based on the Ocean Recovery Plan that we have developed with our Save Scottish Seas coalition partners. With the UK hosting COP26 in Glasgow in November, now’s the time to secure ambitious commitments from our current and prospective Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs). You can use this template to call for the urgent action that’s needed.

Our team is also backing the Nature Champion pledge as part of the Fight for Scotland’s Nature campaign, of which we are a member – you can too by asking your local candidates to champion nature here.

Don’t forget to seek out candidates from all of the parties that are campaigning for your votes. There will be candidates representing each of Scotland’s 73 constituencies, as well as the eight regional areas: Central Scotland, Glasgow, Highlands and Islands, Lothians, Mid-Scotland and Fife, North East Scotland, South Scotland and West Scotland. You can see who currently represents you here with many current MSPs standing for re-election. There will also be some new candidates running for the first time, so be sure to double-check if there’s anyone else you could contact.

The parties campaigning for your votes include: All for Unity, Alba Party, Action for Independence, Independence for Scotland Party, Reform UK Scotland, Restore Scotland, Scottish Conservatives, Scottish Green Party, Scottish Labour, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Scottish National Party and UKIP.

England

Northcott Beach, Cornwall

With local elections and the annual Group of leading industrial Nations Summit (G7) happening in England this year, we need all politicians to know that we want our oceans to be properly protected. If you’d like to speak up for our seas, you can get in touch with your MP, who you can find here.

If you’d like to take action, we have several live campaigns that you can get involved in. You can help us to ensure our Marine Protected Areas are truly protected by calling for an end to bottom trawling in these fragile habitats that will protect species like sharks and seagrass. You can also help to stop microfibres from reaching our oceans by signing our petition.