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How a TV Show Is Helping to Save the Oceans

Blue Planet II and Its Impact on Behavior

Today we take a happy look at all the love our oceans have been receiving lately thanks to something called the Blue Planet effect.

Blue PlanetWhat Is the Blue Planet Effect?

Glad you asked. Sweeping the UK, the Blue Planet effect is the change in behavior by individuals, corporations (and even the Queen) attributable at least in part to the BBC’s 2017 documentary series The Blue Planet II.

A generation ago, the original acclaimed documentary series The Blue Planet offered rare glimpses into the furthest reaches of our oceans.

Now The Blue Planet II provides an updated look at the world’s largest habitat, focusing more heavily on mankind’s unfortunate influences on it (especially in the final episode). As one of the 10 most-watched TV shows of 2017, the series is having what’s known as the Blue Planet effect.

And this is a good thing.

A Wave Of Single-Use Plastic Bans Has Hit The UK!

The ‘Blue Planet Effect’ has hit the UK – let’s hope it spreads throughout the whole world! 🌊

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Giving the Oceans a chanceGiving the Oceans a Chance

Whether because of The Blue Planet II series, or campaigns from magazines like National Geographic, or simply the combined impact of the small, conscious choices that thousands of individuals like you make every day to build a more sustainable lifestyle, the difference is real.

And every little action is helping. From the ban of plastic cutlery in the Queen’s palaces to the elimination of plastic straws by a hotel chain, the UK is setting a good example for us all. Which means hope for our oceans as plastic is kept out of them.

As naturalist and Blue Planet narrator Sir David Attenborough himself said,

The ocean’s power of regeneration is remarkable—if we just offer it the chance.

Did You

According to UN.org, plastic pollution continues to have a tremendously harmful impact on marine resources:

  • 80% of all pollution in the ocean comes from people on land.
  • 8 million tonnes of plastic per year ends up in the ocean, wreaking havoc on wildlife, fisheries and tourism.
  • Plastic pollution costs the lives of 1 million seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals per year.
  • Fish eat plastic, and we eat the fish.
  • Plastic causes $8 billion in damage to marine ecosystems each year.
comment_2Sir David Attenborough’s words resonated with me, and I encourage us all to keep doing our part to give our oceans a chance. What single-use plastic items have you banned from your life? Let us know in the comments below.


Have you seen The Blue Planet II?

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Leigh-Ann Ross
Leigh-Ann Ross(@leighannross)
3 years ago

LOVE the Blue Planet II, what an eye-opener, and SO beautiful!

Joyce Stricklen
Joyce Stricklen(@msrhae)
3 years ago

Will it be shown again?

Pam Davis
Pam Davis
3 years ago

I have never seen the show but plan to now. I no longer use drinking straws or plastic wrap.


Linda Proctor
Linda Proctor(@lindap)
3 years ago

Very proud of Sir David Attenborough – he’s an amazing man – I urge you all to watch this programme – the sea change in the UK is tangible. Everybody was talking about it and the increase of beach/litter cleaning has been amazing. There is a real growing awareness, let’s carry on riding this wave across the World – let it be his legacy, we can do this!!

3 years ago
Reply to  Linda Proctor

Thanks for sharing, Linda! It’s great to see the difference it makes when we all do our part. And thanks for sharing your positivity: We CAN do this!

Linda Proctor
Linda Proctor(@lindap)
3 years ago
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As you can tell I love David Attenborough and his message!

Kim Metzger
Kim Metzger(@kimetzger)
3 years ago

I’ll have to check and see if it is on Netflix.

Tanya Aoyagi
Tanya Aoyagi(@spokanegreenclean)
3 years ago

I haven’t seen this yet, but now it’s on my “must-watch” list! We have gotten rid of plastic shopping bags and all plastic straws in our home, and we do our very best to not use plastic straws when we are out either.

Sonia Tyler
Sonia Tyler(@theenvirofam)
3 years ago

Straws. No more straws for my family. My 4 year old is also very cognizant of effectively recycling straws and loves using her stainless steel straw that I keep in my purse.