Just One Ocean was founded by David Jones in 2014. Having travelled the world as a diver and an underwater photographer, David saw for himself the devastation that the human race was having on our environment and our oceans in particular.
He joined the Plastic Oceans Foundation when it was first formed in 2009 and has worked tirelessly since then to reduce the impact of plastic pollution in our oceans. He has undertaken a great deal of academic study on the subject and is now a well known speaker on the issue. However, through his work he was increasingly exposed to more and more of issues and problems facing the oceans. As a result, while he still works on marine plastic pollution, he decided to set up Just One Ocean in order to raise awareness of other significant ocean issues.
Just One Ocean become a UK registered charity (Number 1180364) in 2018.Find out more about David Jones
“Our mission is to protect the ocean for future generations through science, education and communication”
Our mission is fairly broad ranging but then again, so are the problems. AS a small conservation charity we are aware that our impact is limited, however, we hope that by working alongside other NGOs, governments, business and industry and the local community, we will be able to help to develop and implement solutions to the problems the oceans are currently facing. Key to that process are science, education and communication.
Science is at the heart of what we do. Whilst our knowledge about the ocean increases on a daily basis there is still much that we don’t know. Scientific research allows us to fill those gaps in our knowledge, whether it is identifying new species in the ocean depths, discovering the extent of microplastic pollution and it’s impacts on marine animals, or understanding the perceptions of coastal communities to sustainable fishing initiatives. Without science we cannot identify the problems, find the solutions or develop policies and strategies to protect the oceans.
Education is also crucial, not necessarily in a formal classroom sense, but in enabling learning to occur. As Dr Sylvia Earle said, “Caring is all about knowing,” and much of our work will be focussed on facilitating knowledge by providing information in a manner that can be easily understood. At the same time we will use our platform to give access to the scientific research we are undertaking and helping to support.
Communication is the final crucial factor. None of the problems faced by our ocean will be resolved without public engagement. The public needs to be aware of the issues in order to be able to contribute to the solutions. We are passionate about getting people involved and this is also an underlying principle of much of our project wok. Our social media platforms are a key element of the communication process as is our participation in speaking events around the world.