“We are living in a time of ocean crisis and the biggest loss of biodiversity to have ever been experienced since humanity was privileged enough to be given the opportunity to live on the earth…. It feels like there is us and then in another place is nature which sustains us.  We have lost the awareness of what actually keeps us healthy.” Jo Royle





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About this interview:

What action can we take today to help save our oceans from plastic pollution?

In this episode Amisha speaks with skipper, activist and ocean campaigner Jo Royle.

Despite growing up landlocked and suffering a crippling autoimmune disease during her teens,  Jo spent much of her childhood in a dinghy in Devon. After studying at university and making a determined recovery from illness, Jo set sail as a young adult to work at sea full time for over a decade, skippering a variety of vessels and leading projects across the globe.

On her travels Jo saw first hand where our relationship to the seas is out of balance and this fuelled her determination to advocate for oceans and marine life. Jo shares some harrowing stories and heartbreaking statistics about the state of our oceans, as well as some straightforward solutions that we can all implement now.

Jo’s work with her non-profit social business Common Seas is focussed on understanding and mitigating the threat from plastic pollution. Jo and her team are working closely with industry leaders to eradicate single use plastics and find ways to address the cultural and economic root causes of the problem.

Jo tells us what we as consumers can change right away. She explains why we need to further our scientific understanding of plastic pollution and how plastic particles enter our bodies through our water, food and air. She reminds us that we are all in fact sea creatures and how we can become ocean activists in our daily lives.

“Most important is for more and more of us to have good times on and by the water. The more you connect with nature, whether the sea or a forest the more you will learn about it and the more you want to protect it.” ~ Jo Royle

Jo Royle is a Sea Champion with nearly 20 years’ experience spearheading global marine programs and trans Ocean sailing ventures. She founded Common Seas to deliver policies, systems and technologies that enhance the productivity and resilience of the Ocean.  Jo is internationally recognised as one of Europe’s leading female ocean yacht skippers. She has raced across the Atlantic as part of the only female team to compete. She co-designed and skippered the Plastiki, an expedition that showcased waste as a resource and the crisis of plastic marine pollution. The vessel was made with a closed loop design from 12,000 reused plastic drinks bottles which led research and raised awareness of ocean plastics. And she was a contributor to our book, The Future Is Beautiful. 


To find out more about Jo, visit www.commonseas.com

To connect or work with Amisha Ghadiali, visit www.amisha.co.uk  


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Plastic Free July

The Plastiki

Surfers Against Sewers


Reusable Water Bottles

The Future Is Beautiful Book

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