Crafting a world where people live in harmony with each other and the sea
The sea belongs to us all. Common Seas gets ‘out there’ to discover and explore challenges facing people and the sea. We spot the issues and align experts to engineer systems, products and policies that improve social and economic value, whilst creating a resilient ocean.
Our practical outcomes demonstrate and encourage a responsible use of natural resources. The stories we create inspire a deeper sense of connection with nature, bringing people and the ocean closer together as we journey.
Jo Royle, Sea Champion - Founder of Common Seas
When I was 7, I started to get the feeling that I wanted to become a Captain of sailing ships. I didn’t really know what it meant to be a mariner, or how I could get there. I had a clear idea of spending long periods of time living in a self-contained capsule in the midst of the ocean.
The ocean has taught me about beauty, mystery, freedom and that fine line between respect and fear. More than anything I think years at sea has shown me the need to respond to Mother Nature immediately through learning from past experiences, believing in your intuition and making creative use of the resources you have available. This has been a solid platform on which to develop socio-ecological projects.
Highlights of several years of bouncing around the seas include Pacific and Atlantic crossings, time in the Antarctic waters, circumnavigating South Georgia and hanging out with penguins. It was seeing human footprints, such as plastic rubbish, in places that are astonishingly remote and absolutely beautiful that sparked my deep enquiry into our relationship with nature. Sharing time with people living in low-lying communities who struggle today to adapt to environmental change led me to establish Common Seas. Our aim is to establish a platform for project-based collaborations that craft pragmatic products, systems and policies to help people live in harmony with each other and the sea.