About Oceans to Earth
Rewind back to June 2018. As passionate environmentalists we (that’s Rosie and myself, Jake) were peering over the cliffs at Old Harry Rocks in Studland and noticed the small bay full of litter floating around on the swell. With no access on foot we wondered how it could be cleared. Moments later (and not without some element of fate) a family of kayakers appeared from around the headland. We put two-and-two together and bought some kayaks. The seed of an idea had taken root and GoPladdle was born.
We began cleaning various coves along the Jurassic Coast and Poole Harbour but quickly began to realise that beach cleaning alone was not going to be enough and we started to look into how they could solve these problems. With the amazing support of an incredible community and some forward thinking businesses, we now have an impressive project list, striving to put long term solutions in place.
But, of course, this wasn’t enough. As our passion grew ever stronger for the environment, we began working our way inland. Oceans aren’t the only planetary marvel in danger of collapse; our forests and wildlife are as equally vulnerable, and desperately need our help!
2020 was to mark the birth of Oceans To Earth.
Jake & Rosie xx
‘We confront environmental challenges, through education, research and partnership, creating a healthier community for all’.
To be a trusted environmental brand providing education to schools, businesses and other organisations around the impact of ocean pollution and carbon capture, and to empower them to take action.
To work in partnership with Word Forest Organisation to educate and equip communities in both the UK and overseas to offset carbon emissions through tree planting initiatives.
To meet the 17 UN Sustainability Development Goals through our work in the uk and partnership with other organisations working on a global scale.
The core of what we do. We want to preserve the natural beauty of our planet for future generations and every other living species on it.
Our future depends on the next generation. We want to teach them about the fine balance of nature, and the consequences of our actions.
We aim to front campaigns based on evidence, through research and innovation.
As the old saying goes, ‘many heads are better than one’. We form partnerships with other organisations whose core values align with ours, and set to achieve ambitious environmental goals through collaboration.
Meet the Team
Ex-model maker turned eco warrior, Jake is our plastics expert. Passionate about everything ‘nature’, his natural environment will always be in the woods, on his bike. He’s also pretty handy when it comes to our boat, Polly-Esther.
Part nurse, full environmentalist, Rosie co-founded the organisation in 2018 in pursuit of a healthier habitat for us all. She loves stomps along the coast and hunting for ‘interesting’ things, gardening and embracing the wilderness.
Oly lives and breathes the ocean; we think he might actually be a fish! Oly joined the team in 2020 for the hands-on work, clearing plastics from all along the Dorset coast. He’s also an experienced open water swimmer and expert at rescuing all that floating plastic detritus.
Dave is our numbers guy: he keeps the spreadsheets in check and the tax man happy. Dave spends his free time exploring the world in his camper with Anna and Moomin (their awesome dog), playing golf and working his way through an ambitious list of ‘DIY to do when I retire’.
A recent graduate in accounting and finance, Jevgenija is here to help Dave do his job properly (joking). She is passionate about keeping the forests and other animal habitats clean since she grew up around the nature. Jevgenija is all about the balance, whether it is between the humans and nature or logic and creativity.
Katie brings ten years of fundraising experience to our team and she’s passionate about looking after our planet. When she’s not raising money for good causes, you’ll find her in the sea, hiking the Dorset coastline, growing vegetables, or on the mat (she’s training to be a yoga and pilates teacher!)
Our fresh-off-the-press moving pictures guy, Kester is the go-to for all things content, always ready with a camera and an eye for making complicated issues accessible. He loves running, media and embracing the landscape on his bike.
Paul brings a wealth of experience to the team, including 20 years distilling whisky in an underground bunker at the end of his garden and building affordable housing out of discarded flip flops collected from Dorset beaches. He also builds websites.