Water is essential to life on earth, and the element has long inspired mankind with its beauty. In Europe we’re spoiled by some of the smaller Greek islands, where visitors and locals spend lazy days basking in the exquisite simple pleasures of life: swimming, eating grilled octopus and nights spent on boats under a blanket of stars.

And don’t get me started on the turquoise waters of the Philippines – sparkling and brimming with life. Once we landed in Palawan, we didn’t know where to look; there were rainforests and flying squirrels, mangroves and miniscule monkeys. The fact it is home to one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature (the Puerto Princesa Underground River) really does speak for itself.

Closer to home, Cornwall’s microclimate and fresh seafood tempt us into taking a quick holiday. But if we want future generations to enjoy the fruits of our seas then we must work together to protect them. After all, “we live on Planet Ocean, not on Planet Earth,” as we are reminded by Blue Marine Foundation co-founder Chris Gorell Barnes, who urges us to take action against overfishing.

Living in a city, it’s easy to forget that it’s not just marine life that relies on water to exist; we do too. Water is a life force that has the power both to give and take away. It was through water that I contracted a bacterial infection that left me hospitalised for the final weeks of this issue (thank goodness for Kate Hamilton.) But water also has the power to regenerate, rejuvenate and purify. And we hope that’s how you feel after reading this issue. Get a sneak peek of Volume 11 below, or order here:

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