The Marine Conservation Society‘s brand new podcast, Oceancast, launches today, 17th August 2020. The podcast series is designed to connect people to the ocean, no matter how near or far from the coast they may be.
Driven by a desire to connect listeners to the ocean, whether they have a beach on their doorstep or haven’t seen the sea since lockdown started. The charity’s previous research found that 77% of people who had visited the sea in the past year felt happier and 81% felt healthier when they were by the coast and sea. Additionally, 69% of people who had visited the coast and sea in the last 12 months said they felt the benefit of that time even when far from it.
Bringing the ocean indoors, the first episode of Oceancast will be hosted by Marine Conservation Society Ocean Ambassador, Fernando Montaño, a soloist with The Royal Ballet. Fernando developed a strong love of the ocean whilst growing up on the Pacific coast in Colombia, and has become increasingly horrified by the decreasing health of the ocean, leading to his work with the charity.
Fernando chats with fellow Ocean Ambassadors, TV presenters Simon Reeve and Miranda Krestovnikoff, about their love of the sea, and three time world champion hurdler Colin Jackson talks about his passion for living above Cardiff Bay. Fernando also catches up with West End violinist, Jonathan Hill, known for playing Il Mare – a violin made out of driftwood.
Fernando Montaño: “It was really wonderful for me to get to know some of the other Ocean Ambassadors but also the experts who work within the charity. I think the power of our voices through a platform like a podcast means we will engage with more people and give them a very clear message that will help them to understand the issue we face and how we can all be more proactive.”
Each episode of Oceancast
This first episode was produced for the Marine Conservation Society by Danny Garlick.
Oceancast will be available via Anchor or from your usual podcast provider; simply search ‘Oceancast’.