This Black Friday we shut shop & took part in Blue Friday instead
The Adventure Photographers teamed up with ethical adventure centre Ocean Vertical to take part in their annual day of environmental action focusing on our oceans.
It was a weekend of litter picks, fire pits, speakers, drinks and marshmallows. A pretty wonderful counter to the traditional - not so magical - American holiday.
Friday evening we heard about the great work of the Scottish Seabird Centre, the British Divers Marine Life Rescue charity and The Scottish Coastal Clean Up who are all making positive waves for the ocean and spreading the love of our big blue lifeline.
Finisterre - a certified B-Corp - were there representing another business rooted in sustainability and donated the grand raffle prize of £250 towards their functional & sustainable products made to last.
Our lead photographer Charlotte was invited to speak about the environmental ethos of The Adventure Photographers and share some tales from her epic Greenland expedition and our upcoming film Split.
A film that tackles the contradictions and conflicts of adventuring in a time of climate crisis.
After collecting rubbish & old creels accumulated at the far end of Belhaven Bay, we walked from Gullane to Yellowcraigs armed with bags and an eye out for nurdles. We had learned the night before that, although they might sound delightful, nurdles are actually little plastic pellets wreaking havoc in our ecosystems.
Once we started looking we found hundreds of them. It was actually a very satisfying & meditative way to enjoy our coastline. We all got so absorbed into picking up plastic we eventually got benighted on the beach.
It goes without saying that what we did this weekend is only a drop in the ocean for global environmental conservation. But, the ocean is made of drops! And when you’re out in the sun on a gorgeous coastline with your pals, listening to the ocean, returning smiles to strangers and collecting what could be deadly snacks or snares for wildlife, that is a
good day well spent.
Photography mostly by The Adventure Photographers with additional photos from Jacob Allan of Ocean Vertical
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