Economy & Health

The health, well being and strong economy of a community relies on the health and well being of its habitat, ocean, river ways, wildlife and marine life.

Coastal communities are largely built around the tourism and hospitality industry.  Bude attracts thousands of visitors every year to stay in our beautiful town, with the sea, rivers, beaches and coastal walks being the main attraction.

It has been suggested that coastal environments have substantial potential benefits to health and well-being and that the benefits of this can be put into monetary terms, this was explained to the Conference by Lewis ElliottAssociate Research Fellow, European Centre for Environment and Human Health on health and well-being.  We then heard from Jim Scown, Bude RNLI Lifeguard and The Plastic Movement founder who talked about water quality and health on a community level, how it affects his working environment and the health and safety issues related to that.

The emphasis needs to be on a Circular Economy and why this should be at the forefront of business thinking.  We were delighted to welcome Adam Hall who shared how Surfdome, Europe’s largest Action Sports Retailer to talk about their environmental sustainability strategy, how they’re making positive changes and how they’re involving their customers.