For generations, we have been slowly suffocating life beneath the waves. However, it’s not too late to make a difference and change course. Marine biologist Hannah Rudd presents an alternative and sustainable future for the management of our seas. Discover the incredible diversity of life within our oceans and learn how we can all play a role in protecting and conserving it.
This event will be hosted by Jules Pretty, author and Professor of Environment and Society at the University of Essex.
About the Book
Discover the incredible diversity of life within our seas and learn how we can all play a role in protecting and conserving it
Our seas are home to an abundance of fascinating creatures and stunning habitats. From spectacular kelp forests to intricate rocky reefs and from mud plains to open ocean, the British Isles have a diversity of marine ecosystems that rival those seen on any nature documentary.
Yet for generations, we have been slowly suffocating life beneath the waves. Decades of unsustainable exploitation, endless pollution and a warming climate have had a devastating effect on our marine habitats.
However, it’s not too late to make a difference and change course. Written in collaboration with the Wildlife Trusts, Britain’s Living Seas provides a user-friendly and richly illustrated guide to coasts around the British Isles, uncovering the diversity of life within a range of marine habitats and the life-giving services that they provide us.
Marine biologist Hannah Rudd presents an alternative and sustainable future for the management of our seas. We can all do our bit as individuals too. Through practical steps such as re-thinking what we eat, our relationship with plastic and how we spend our money, we can become marine conservationists in our everyday lives and help to create a healthier future for our oceans. Everyone can discover more about the wonders within the waters that surround us and play a part in rebuilding our connection with the natural world.
About the authors
Hannah Rudd is a marine biologist and writer specialising in shark science. Growing up on the Essex coast, she has always been infatuated with the sea, and currently works with recreational anglers in the UK gathering data on UK shark species through the collaborative group Shark Hub UK. Hannah has also been active in marine conservation overseas, with extended periods of work based in the Maldives and South Africa.
Jules Pretty is Professor of Environment and Society at the University of Essex, and Director of the Centre for Public and Policy Engagement.
His books include The Low-Carbon Good Life (2023), Sea Sagas of the North (2022), The East Country (2017), The Edge of Extinction (2014), This Luminous Coast (2011), Agri-Culture (2002) and Regenerating Agriculture (1995).
He is former Deputy-Chair of the UK government’s Advisory Committee on Releases to the Environment, and has written for BBC TV and radio. He received an OBE for services to sustainable agriculture, an honorary degree from Ohio State University, and the British Science Association Presidential Medal.
This Luminous Coast won the New Angle Prize for Literature in 2013, and The East Country was winner of the East Anglian book of the year in 2018. He was appointed President of Essex Wildlife Trust in 2019, is Chair of the Essex Climate Action Commission, and is host of the podcast Louder Than Words.
You can follow Jules on Twitter @JulesPretty1.
Part of our Manifesto for Essex programme – a creative platform for young people living in Essex and beyond to express their thoughts and ideas about tackling Climate Change.