MATT PORTEOUS AND CHARLES CLOVER
LEADERSHIP THAT INSPIRES POSITIVE ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE
Following the sell-out success of the talk given by Suzanne Wylie, the new government chief executive, in March, the focus is shifting to one of the most pressing issues of our times – and one with special interest for Jersey.
Leadership Jersey, in partnership with Jersey Evening Post, welcome two leading global environmental champions who have spent years campaigning for healthier oceans, executive director of global NGO the Blue Marine Foundation Charles Clover and Jersey photographer Matt Porteous.
Apart from being an award-winning royal family portraitist – and a favourite of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Matt is the founding force behind Ocean Culture Life, a global community of storytellers, photographers, filmmakers, conservationists and ocean lovers who use their skills to promote healthier oceans.
United by a shared passion for the water, they search for inspiring stories that deserve to be heard and by working together, connecting on a global level, help each other make positive change.
Matt grew up along Jersey’s rugged coastline and has surfed, dived and swum his way into a peaceful and respectful relationship with the sea. It was through that simple lens that he learnt to capture the sublime beauty of nature.
Matt Porteous said: ‘I’m looking forward to sharing the journey I have taken, growing up in beautiful Jersey, being surrounded by a community that has inspired my work today, building a global ocean community and using the power of storytelling to inspire others to follow their dreams and help give a voice to the ocean.’
Charles has been a lifelong campaigner for positive environmental action. He made his name as an author and environmental journalist writing principally for The Sunday Times and The Daily Telegraph, for which he was Environment Editor for 22 years. His book The End of The Line and the award-winning documentary film that it inspired raised overfishing as a global problem.
He has been a regular visitor to Jersey as executive director of the Blue Marine Foundation for the past couple of years after the organisation was asked to advise the Government of Jersey on the creation of a marine park to protect Island waters.
Since then, Blue has conducted scientific research and built the case for a marine park which would give Jersey the opportunity to be a global leader in sustainable marine conservation.
Charles said: ‘Inspirational leadership for environmental change has to start with the understanding – and absolute certainty – that everything we decide from now will impact life on earth for future generations. The ocean is capable of producing half the world’s oxygen and of sucking up and storing carbon from the atmosphere – literally mitigating against climate change – if only we would restore it to health. History is watching. Leaders must act swiftly and decisively towards rewilding the sea.’
The doors will open at 4pm for networking, with the event beginning formally at 4.45pm.
Blue Marine Foundation has helped raise awareness about the rich bio-diversity of Island waters and how its kelp, sea grass and maerl beds have an important role to play in absorbing blue carbon and how their protection could help Jersey meet its net-zero-carbon goals in-line with its carbon-neutral strategy. Blue seeks to work with the fishing community to establish a model with promotes healthy and sustainable and fisheries.
Ocean Culture Life work to support ocean-related community projects, research and conservation efforts across the world, creating compelling content which catalyses positive change.