Why James Blunt Is Campaigning For Sustainable Fishing

James Blunt is best known as a singer, but he’s also an outspoken advocate for ocean conservation. Blunt sat down with Jim Edwards, editor-in-chief of Business Insider UK, to discuss why he’s campaigning for sustainable fishing and why he is a spokesperson for the Blue Marine Foundation.

Following is a transcript of the video:

James Blunt: 90% of the larger fish in the ocean are gone. We’ve taken them through overfishing, unsustainable overfishing.

Jim Edwards: You’re known as a singer obviously, and a surprisingly dangerous and funny presence on Twitter. But you’re less well known for your interest in fish, how did you first become interested in ocean conservation?

James Blunt: My father was based in Cyprus, he was in the army and so I grew up on and in the Mediterranean. I live in Ibiza now and have done for 14 years and I call it my home, and as such, I can really see the changes that have happened there over my lifetime. I think anyone who goes on holiday in the Mediterranean will ask the same question as me when you jump in the water, which is where are the fish? I mean there are so few now compared to when I was a child I think people really recognize that plastics are a problem, we go into our supermarkets now and I hope that we’re all more aware that by purchasing goods covered in plastics it will end up with them being in the ocean. But I think people have realised that is just the tip of the iceberg of the problem. The problem is not just plastics, but climate and also our huge amount of overfishing in an unsustainable manner. 

Jim Edwards: What is the single worst thing that’s happening in the sea right now?

James Blunt: I don’t think you have to look very far, in Dogger Bank which you will have heard about from the weather reports. Dogger Bank is where we’re supposed to have one of Europe’s largest marine conservation areas and instead what’s going on there is this remarkable thing, this terrible thing called pulse fishing, where they literally send a pulse down into the seabed. In doing so that snaps the spines of larger fish, kills up to a quarter of the young cod and indiscriminately kills all marine life on the seabed, in the mud and is destroying an ecosystem.

Jim Edwards: So they’re literally just electrocuting the sea?

James Blunt: Absolutely and it sounds as bad as it is.

Jim Edwards: So who’s at fault for all this, who’s doing this type of fishing?

James Blunt: Well I think we’re not talking about small fishing boats in the English Channel, we’re talking about large-scale industrial fishing which is literally going with enormous great nets and taking everything they can out of the ocean. 

Jim Edwards: So shouldn’t we just eat less fish?

James Blunt: Well I think if we continue to in the way that we have there simply won’t be any fish at the end of it but I think the answer for us is to question where our fish is coming from and ask, is it from sustainable sources, is it locally-sourced? 

Jim Edwards: So, who’s standing in the way of this?

James Blunt: I don’t think anyone’s standing in the way of it, it’s just about action or inaction. Sometimes we can be focused on other things we just need to focus our minds and focus our pressure on ourselves, on business, on governments to act on this.

Find out more: https://www.bluemarinefoundation.com/

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Why James Blunt Is Campaigning For Sustainable Fishing

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He started the project 3 years ago after a career in advertising and after recovering from a mental health problem.

“I had a very long commute and I realised that was probably my only chance to make art,” he told Business Insider. “So I started off trying to make a difference for one person every day by leaving cards with positive notes to strangers on them in copies of the Metro and leaving them on seats for random people to find.”

At the bottom of each note, Andy signs off with his Instagram handle. He gained such a big following that 9 months later making notes became his full-time job.

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Craig Newmark: In my first year or two in San Francisco, a lot of people helped me acclimatise myself to the town.

They helped me understand what neighbourhoods were good and maybe where to shop. I got a lot out of it.

Early ’95, I decided I should give back, started a simple mailing list, it succeeded via word-of-mouth. I had to call it something at some point, was going to call it “San Francisco Events”.

Jim Edwards: How many people were on the email list at its height?

Craig Newmark: Well at that time, around 250 people. People around me though told me that I had invented a brand – Craigslist – they explained to me what a brand is, and I’m being literal here.

They were right, so that worked for a while. But by the time the end of ’98 came around, people helped me understand then that I needed to make it into a real company or it would fail.

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Jim Edwards: So you have no regrets about not doing the whole VC thing?

Craig Newmark: No, I’ve no regrets not doing my own IPO. I plan to give away a great deal more money to charity, I’ve already committed to do so, and trying to figure out how I – as an amateur philanthropist – I’m trying to figure out how I can do that most effectively given the realities of this time.
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Alyson: Being a CEO comes with a lot of responsibility, just tough decisions sometimes you have to make – it’s not all glory, at all, it’s a lot of work.

One tough decision you had to make that you got wide praise for was last year, there were six executives who had found some insider information at KPMG; they learned that an audit was gonna happen. And you made the prompt, quick decision to fire all six of the executives.

How did you make that decision? I mean, it was widely praised, but I’m sure it couldn’t have been easy?

Lynne: No. And I think all leaders at some point in time you’re gonna face tough decisions. And I think it’s really important that…you know, the way I approach that – and I think others should as well – is you have to seek the facts.

It’s not something that you do in isolation. It’s getting the perspectives, seeking the truth, and I think it’s also looking at the core values of what you as a person, and as a leader stand for, and what your organisation stands for. And there are certain things that are zero tolerance. It doesn’t mean that you want bad things for people, but there are consequences. You have to set the tone for the organisation.

And so I think as any leader or future leader approaches those tough decisions, it is important that others are involved, but sticking to what you know is right, from your own core is important. Then also, usually if it’s a really tough one, you’ve got to be decisive and move quickly. Finding that right balance of seeking the facts, moving quickly, getting to the right answer can be tough; but it’s something that others are watching, and it’s important that you set the example for your organisation.

Alyson: I think the decisiveness is really important if you can’t waffle, once you make a decision you just have to own it and lead into it.

Lynne: Exactly. And also, look, leaders aren’t perfect. You’re gonna make some mistakes and it’s owning those mistakes as well. And that kinda gets back to the authenticity, and real. And it’s just being very transparent about: “here’s what I thought through, here’s the decision that’s in the best interest of our institution.” And explaining that and then moving forward.

I think when you do that you get to the right answer.

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The traditional masks are made in papier maché and are decorated with things like gold leaf, feathers, or gems.

The Carnival of Venice began in the 12th century, it bloomed during the Renaissance period but was disbanded during the late 18th century.

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Watch the video to see how the masks are made.

Special thanks to workshops La Bottega dei Mascareri, Magie di Carnevale, and Ca’ Macana.

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This BBQ shack is giving huge meat platters away for free to promote Monster Hunter: World

This BBQ shack is giving away food for free!

It’s part of a promotion for the launch of the video game ‘Monster Hunter: World’. They wanted to pay tribute to the game by cooking food in ‘monster’ proportions, and are roasting half a cow at a time as well as serving pork and lamb.

Guests can try out the game while eating enormous platters of meat. You track and hunt monsters, looting them for items which will allow you to progress through increasingly difficult hunts.

The popup is open at London’s Flat Iron Square, but be sure to catch it quickly as it’s only open until January 28th.

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