"Some of my earliest memories as a teenager, visiting my local river in North Wales (mid 1970s), seeing salmon and sea trout coming into the river, fresh from the sea, a truly unforgettable and inspiring sight, muscular bars of silver starting their migration upstream, something that’s been taking place since the end of the ice-age. Within a few years things changed dramatically, these migratory runs of fish seemed to diminish rapidly - at this point I realised things were afoot. Another occurrence along the beautiful coastline of North Wales were the sewerage ships, basically they’d take raw human sewerage in ships and dump it along the bay - there was something extremely disturbing about this exercise, a complete and utter disregard for our environment undoubtedly. I knew way back that us humans were not having the best influence on our planet, but realised that the sheer level of apathy back then meant the chances of having any way to change things were pretty hopeless.
"Thankfully our mindset has changed, although the price we’re paying for the many decades of abuse is now coming home to roost. Plastic is vilified, there’s nothing wrong with plastic, it’s a wonder material resolving all sorts of design requirements, the issue is how we’ve abused this fantastic material. Also, our supermarkets have much to answer for - they are finally realising that they have a corporate social responsibility - we spend our money with them, but entrust them to do the right-thing when it comes to the way they utilise that cumulative public spend (which has made them wealthy and powerful). Of course, our political system is inherently flawed, you only have to look at how some of our politicians have been bought by the big internet companies (naming no names Nick!), there’s an unhealthy open door that MPs have in Westminster for consultancy work, something we need to rectify. Corruption is prevalent across the world - money talks as they say - the best we can do is change what happens in London, we certainly have major problems at Westminster." - Nigel Jones