Join our latest webinar focussing on the results of the biggest ever Ocean literacy survey.
The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) in partnership with the Ocean Conservation Trust have published the largest ever Ocean literacy survey to date on World Ocean Day 2021. The survey, offered to around 8500 people in England and Wales, measured public awareness, attitudes, knowledge and behaviours related to the marine environment and Ocean climate change.
We take a deep dive into the minds behind the survey and the key findings:
• 85% of people think that protecting the marine environment was personally very important or important to them.
• Of the participants who had visited our coastlines, 80% said it was good for their physical health and 84% said it was good for their mental health.
• The public feel that marine litter and plastic pollution (74%) is the greatest threat to the marine environment, followed by the chemical pollution (57%) and overfishing (54%).
• 43% of people think that protecting and restoring marine environments which remove carbon is the best way to address the effect of climate change on our marine environment. This was closely followed by international commitments to reducing emissions (41%).
• Documentaries such as the popular Blue Planet and the ‘Attenborough effect’ may have on the understanding of the threats facing our seas with 47% of people receiving information on the state of our oceans from wildlife documentaries.
• 78% said they had or plan to make lifestyle changes to protect the marine environment. The most common reasons for making these changes was concern about climate change (69%) and a desire to be greener (68%).
The survey and its findings hope to contribute to the understanding of Ocean literacy in England and Wales as the UK scales up efforts to find collaborative solutions, share scientific expertise and drive Ocean action.