As an educator and conservationist whose own fascination with the marine world began with surfing and diving around Cape Town, Paul believes that initiating or growing people’s experience, knowledge and appreciation of our oceans has a vital role to play in protecting our natural world. In between chasing swells up and down the coast of South Africa and enjoying the icy waves of local surf spots, he squeezed in some terrestrial time at the University of Cape Town, studying environmental and geographical science and education.
Paul draws on his significant experience in schools and environmental education when running the SOSF Shark Centre’s programmes. His classes welcome the range of strong opinions inevitably encountered when educating people about sharks.
‘If we want children to flourish, to become truly empowered, then let us allow them to love the earth before we ask them to save it.’ David Sobel, Beyond Ecophobia