2020 is Scotland's Year of Coasts and Waters. Never has it been more essential to raise awareness of the critical importance of our marine landscapes.
Our oceans are under terrible threat, from warming and acidification to pollution and intensive fishing.
Everyone has a role to play in the future sustainability of the marine world – and everyone can make a difference.
Two things have to happen first, says Dr Hermione Cockburn, Scientific Director, Dynamic Earth. She says: “We need to inspire people from all walks of life with our incredible oceans and the wonder and diversity of the life they sustain. We also need to empower them with knowledge of the science underpinning our understanding of the threats they face.”
National Lottery funding is helping to inspire and empower people across Scotland, with five amazing projects above and below the waves.