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The Green Blue launches new website and resources for the boating community

A new chapter in awareness-raising for The Green Blue

The Green Blue, the joint environmental awareness programme of British Marine and the Royal Yachting Association will launch its new-look website at the 2019 Southampton International Boat Show, powered by Borrow A Boat – the event that first introduced the awareness-raising venture in 2005.

As well as showcasing the new-look site, the launch event, taking place at 10:30 on Wednesday 18 September on the Foredeck Stage, will celebrate a successful era of inspiring the UK’s recreational boating community to help safeguard our waters, wildlife and habitats.

Campaign Manager Kate Fortnam said: “The Green Blue is excited to announce the launch of its brand new website at the boat show where it all began. The new site will provide bespoke information on key environmental issues, current best practice guidance, green products and services, as well as an array of awareness raising resources to help boat users, clubs, training centres, instructors and marine businesses in communicating the good practice we can all adopt and facilitate to make our boating more sustainable.”

Resources to look out for are The Green Blue’s educational activities for young boaters that can be delivered on the water and onshore. The most popular of these is Marine CSI which gives young people the chance to become marine special agents by analysing fingerprints, unscrambling puzzles and testing water samples. Other resources include instructor teaching aids to help pass on environmental good practice to students on RYA courses, a variety of eye-catching infographics and video clips to help communicate sustainable boating top tips via social media, e- newsletters, emails, news articles and display screens.

The Green Blue also provides outreach activities to help the recreational boating community raise awareness and share good practice among others. Activities include workshops at RYA, British Marine and stakeholder conferences, presentations at the RYA Dinghy Show and Southampton Boat Show, talks to boating clubs, businesses and organisations, training for RYA instructors and interactive activities and stands for boating events.

Helping to reduce environmental impact

RYA affiliated Clubs play an important role in managing and preventing environmental impacts as more and more people take to the water and put added stress on the marine environment.

Clubs play a crucial role in raising awareness and educating new boaters to be sensitive and respectful of our waters.

The new website provides lots of practical advice, leaflets and teaching resources to help you make environmental improvements, enhance your green credentials and even save money. Find out how to run a sustainable event, access awareness raising resources or write your own environmental policy.

“By working towards an environmentally self-regulating boating community, The Green Blue aims to help boaters minimise the impact they have on the environment and protect wildlife and its habitats so they can enjoy the marine environment far into the future”, Kate added.

Visit the new Green Blue website at www.thegreenblue.org.uk and access activities, explore collaborative opportunities, discover current good practice and a variety of helpful resources.

The Green Blue at the Southampton Boat Show

As well as launching the new site at the show, Kate will also be speaking on the Foredeck Stage throughout the week where she will be providing top tips to help protect our waters and the wildlife we share them with. Find out more about boating around wildlife, recycling, cleaning onboard, antifouling and disposing and invasive species prevention.

Talks schedule:

Sat 14th – 11:00 to 11:30 – Foredeck Stage

Sun 15th – 11:00 to 11:30 – Foredeck Stage

Mon 16th – 14:30 to 15:00 – Marlow Ropes Stand (J300)

Sat 21st – 11:00 to 11:30 – Foredeck Stage

Pay a visit to the RYA Stand (BO27) to check out the new look website and chat to Kate and the team about all things ‘Green boating’ and how to green your club. You’ll also find The Green Blue in the main entrance marquee, displaying information and videos, there will be an i-pad to try out the new website and get answers to any questions you might have.

You can also follow @thegreenblue on social media, email info@thegreenblue.org.uk or contact Kate Fortnam on 023 8060 4227.

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