‘Seb, Polly Planet & their Ocean Quest’

It’s a big week here at City to Sea HQ, as one of our original team members, and now in-house photographer and filmmaker, Michelle Cassar launches her first book today, for World Oceans Day Seb and Polly Planet on their Ocean Quest, a children’s book raising awareness of solutions to the issue of plastic pollution.

It’s a stunningly illustrated, and already highly acclaimed adventure story aimed at children age 5+ and is designed to empower them to live with less plastic. Through the magical adventures of daring Seb, children will learn about the effects of plastic pollution, and what they can do to prevent it. Rather than focus on recycling, this book takes a fresh approach; concentrating on the other three Rs – refuse, reduce and reuse. As you know, we need to ‘turn off the tap’ if we really want to prevent plastic pollution.

A bit about Michelle…

Michelle has been living with plastic a lot less (PALL) since 2008, it wasn’t always easy #BeingPALL. At that time, only a handful of people had woken up to plastic pollution and were doing something positive and solution focused – Michelle was one of them. Despite having struggled with writing and it taking over six years for her to find the confidence to write a blog, she’s now putting her 10 years of experience into a book so she can inspire the next generation!

One of many stunning illustrations by Create’eve Illustration based in Cornwall.

Never one to shy away from an opportunity

Michelle brings fun into preventing plastic pollution. She’s also known as Hydro Harriet, the Mermaid with a Message, and isn’t afraid to sit on a toilet with her knickers down in the high street to raise awareness of the issue of plastic flushed down our loos. She’s managed to turn a serious issue into something that children will engage with and we couldn’t be prouder!

Inspiring and hopeful, Seb and Polly Planet brings to life the difference one person can make by saying no to single-use plastic. An empowering, practical and fun read that will help readers grasp just how important they are and how their actions really can change the world.

NATALIE FEE – AUTHOR, AWARD-WINNING CAMPAIGNER AND FOUNDER OF CITY TO SEA

A book for everyone

Seb and Polly Planet book will appeal to parents, carers, grandparents, aunties and uncles, eco-schools, educators, community groups, and anyone interested in plastic pollution and environmental issues, who want to empower children to make good choices. Who doesn’t like a good rollicking superhero story?!

SEB, POLLY PLANET AND THEIR OCEAN QUEST.

Michelle’s crowdfunding…

Launching with a pre-order of the book via Crowdfunder , Michelle hopes to raise the funds to get this book on the shelves for more children to be inspired by.

Proceeds from the sale of Seb and Polly Planet and their Ocean Quest will be donated to a number of organisations preventing plastic pollution. Naturally, City To Sea will be one of the beneficiaries alongside the brilliant Plastic Oceans, UK, founded by Jo Ruxton and widely known for their multi-award-winning film on Netflix, and Plastic Free July founded by Rebecca Pruiz which has encouraged millions of individuals to commit to reducing their plastic use, in over 170 countries worldwide.

We’ve ordered our copies, now you can pre-order yours via crowdfunder, to get this book and it’s timely message into the hands of children and their carers everywhere.

A funny, heart-warming story of a little girl discovering that her actions make a difference to the lives of the beautiful birds and animals that live in our oceans. This hopeful book shows children (and their parents and teachers!) how they can save marine wildlife by making different everyday choices to stem the flow of plastic pollution going into the sea. I can’t wait to buy it for all the children in my life!

AMANDA KEETLEY – FOUNDER OF LESS PLASTIC | AUTHOR OF PLASTIC GAME CHANGER
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Refill at the Responsible Investor Europe Conference

Over the next couple of days, our sustainability investing partner of City to Sea and supporting partner of Refill, Robeco along with 900 other corporate and investment professionals from around the world will attend the Responsible Investor Europe Conference. The aim is to talk about the impact of the European action plan for sustainable finance on companies and their investors. Big business has the power to make real sustainable change.

Who’s there?

Sir Ed David MP and one of the two shortlisted new Liberal Democrat leader will talk about why investors should embrace radical transparency rules to align with the Paris Agreement. And some of the biggest debates will be had on how to invest to support the United Nations SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals).

Delegates will also be looking at how to get tech giants to start being more responsible corporate citizens – a real challenge. Along with investigating the effectiveness of engaging with companies to improve their climate impact.

What are Robeco doing?

Robeco has been involved in this conference to drive sustainability in investing since it began in 2008, less than 150 attended that year. This year over 900 will attend. A testament to the fact that this subject is important and business is realising that they have the power to make real change.

Bringing Refill to the conference

Robeco will be installing water Refill Stations and at this year’s conference, meaning there will be no plastic water bottles, reducing the amount of single-use plastic there. And with help from AQL on their tech, they’ll be able to monitor how much water is used and how many bottles are saved from going into landfill! The organisers have asked our very own Natalie Fee to join the gala dinner and address the audience with her heartfelt plea for the environment and asking those in the room what they plan to do to make real change. The influence and power in that room is huge and the world has high expectations.

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