Plymouth Marjon University academic Dr Gregory Borne attended an all-party parliamentary group discussing ocean conservation issues with other experts in the marine environment.
The parliamentary group, which met at the Houses of Parliament last week, brought together expert scientists, business leaders and charities as part of their mission to clean up Britain’s oceans. Dr Borne attended the event as an expert on sustainable development having previously worked with environmental charity Surfers Against Sewage (SAS).
SAS also used the event to launch their new #GenerationSea campaign, which aims to highlight the threat of plastic pollution on marine wildlife while calling on the government to take new steps to protect Britain’s oceans and beaches.
Speaking after the discussion, Dr Borne said, “I’ve been working with SAS for over five years now and part of my research explores the charity’s success, as well as how they have influenced policy and mobilised public opinion.
“It was inspiring to talk to the different stakeholders all coming together under the common cause of ocean protection.”
Dr Borne is the course leader on Marjon’s BA (Hons) Social Sciences programme and is sure that his active role in sustainability research will benefit his students. He continued: “The insights that I’ve managed to gain from this experience are invaluable and it’s something that our students will benefit massively from.
“Our students will gain knowledge of the inner workings of environmental policy and how sustainable development works in a very practical way.”
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Find out more about Dr Borne in our introductory story on him last year.
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