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Meet the Ambassador

Dr Easkey Britton

" Dr Easkey Britton is a renowned Irish surfer, marine social scientist, writer, artist and ocean leader. Her work explores the relationship between people and nature, especially the ocean. She contributes her expertise in ocean and human health on national and international research projects. A life-long surfer and pioneer of big-wave surfing, her parents taught her to surf when she was four years old and she channels her passion for surfing and the sea into social change. She is the author of several books on our human relationship with the ocean including her memoir, Saltwater in the Blood, ocean literacy book, 50 Things to Do By the Sea, and most recently, Ebb and Flow, a feminist reimagining of the healing power of water."

Ambassador Q&A

What inspires you to care deeply about the Ocean?

The Ocean is my confidant, my constant companion, my teacher and healer. To be held by the water is when I feel I most belong. The Ocean teaches me to be, to be fully present with what is.

How are you working to create a positive impact with your platform and/or in your own life

"The power of the sea to instantly bring me back to myself, to calm and restore, never ceases to amaze me. And yet, our desire to be cleansed, to wash away the stress and worries carried on land has become tainted in an Ocean that is also becoming saturated with our waste. All of this only reinforces for me the fluid and interdependent nature of our relationship with the Ocean and how that impacts our wellbeing. This is what underpins my work as a marine social scientist, my drive and desire to understand our relationship with the Ocean, and how we might heal and restore that relationship. In doing so we not only help to restore the Ocean, we also restore our own health and well-being. Our wellbeing is utterly dependent on the Ocean. We can’t be well in a sick sea. If we heal the Ocean we also heal ourselves."

If you could share one tip for protecting our blue planet, what would it be?

Do not go it alone. The Ocean needs all of us, together, find your tribe. And remember the Ocean is our greatest ally and healer, it has our back too!

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