Recent years have seen growing activism about the importance of healthy oceans. More people than ever are collecting plastics on beaches, protesting polluting industries, protecting mangrove, kelp and seagrass beds, and changing how we purchase and consume goods. People who use oceans and coasts for sport, physical activity and leisure have been leaders in these changes. In part this is because our relationships to the saltwater and sand, changing weather conditions, and the plants and animals that live there shape how we see ourselves as part of ocean and coastal ecologies.
This project is interested in how participation in ocean lifestyle sports shapes our relationships, attitudes and behaviours towards taking care of oceans and coasts, and how we impact community and policy knowledge about ocean and coastal ecologies.