Our Blue Heart

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Share your story with MCS as we explore what our ocean really means to us.

In Summer 2018 a film crew set off on a mission to get to the very heart of what the sea means to people in the UK. What our interviews uncovered was a deep, complex and personally defining relationship, one that is not always pretty and sometimes has a darker side. Everyone we spoke to had something to share and the result is now a film. ‘Our Blue Heart’ tells the story of what we learned.

What does the ocean mean to you? We’d love it if you would share your stories. #ourblueheart

Joel Bateman
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Joel’s story

As the Communications and Projects Officer for the Isle of Wight Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Joel’s family time by the sea and the island community are very important to him.


Andrew Haddow
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Andrew’s story

Andrew is a Church of Scotland Minister, who loves the sea’s ever-changing nature as well as its constancy.


Leanne Melbourne
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Leanne’s story

With a PhD in the effects of climate change on seaweed, Leanne is a keen diver with a strong sensory connection to the ocean.


Rebecca Child
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Rebecca’s story

An artist and community arts worker based in Hastings, Rebecca views the sea as a place of healing and restoration where everyone is equal.


Elinor ellis
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Elinor’s story

A retired physiotherapist who lives in Nefyn, North Wales, Elinor has a proud family history of seafaring and feels deeply connected to her family’s past on the Llŷn Peninsula.


Joanna Livingstone
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Joanna’s story

A clinical psychologist and movement practitioner based in Glasgow, Joanna uses the sea in her work with clients and combines dance, martial arts and healing arts.


More information and campaigns to get behind…


Isle of Wight Token

Sea - What’s it all about?

About half of the people we interviewed had a job linked to the coast, the other half live there, we discovered how they love the diversity of the coast and sea in their own ways.

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Northumberland token

Opening our minds to the ocean

MCS Engagement and Education manager, Sue Ranger, explains the origin of our mission to understand a variety of people’s perspective of our sea and how their stories have been shared.

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School Watersports Isle of Wight

Understanding the value of nature to people

The Marine Pioneer is one Defra project set up to test ways and deliver in taking value of nature into account when making decisions

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Did you know?…

Over 60% of the population of Wales either live or work on the coast.

The ocean sustains livelihoods and provides food for millions of people

1 billion people, largely in developing countries, rely on fish as their primary source of animal protein

‘Our Blue Heart’ was funded by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation UK Branch and the film was produced by Green.TV. Many thanks to their commitment, the team and to everyone who has participated and shared their story. We hope this is just the beginning.