In this episode, Damien is telling us about the threats posed to surfing due to climate change. With rising sea levels and profound changes to the natural mecanisms that cause swells, the ocean is stifling: our waves are in danger!
Following the International conference on plastic litter in the Mediterranean Sea held last week in Monaco, the organizers, including Surfrider foundation Europe, are now in the process of assessing its results.What were the main facts brought to light by the various speakers, what possible ways of uniting plastic stakeholders against pollution are being contemplated? After gathering a great number of Tweets to summarize the debates via Storify immediately after the event, Surfrider, foundation Prince Albert 2nd of Monaco, Tara expeditions and the Mava foundation are now introducing more accurate resources for your to read and watch, with view to allowing for further reflexion on what benefits are to be expected from the conference and what efforts remain to be done in relieving the Mediterranean basin from the plastic menace!
Since the first edition of the Ocean Initiatives in 1995, more than 8000 collections have been organized, allowing for tens of thousands of citizens to be sensibilized to marine litter […]
On the 11th and 11th of March, Surfrider foundation Europe, Foundation Albert 2nd of Monaco, Tara expeditions and the Mava foundation held an international conference on plastic in the Mediterranean Sea at the Monaco Yacht Club. While it was streamed live on its dedicated website, Beyond Plastic Med, the conference received live Twitter coverage as well thanks to hashtag #BeyondPlastic, which also allowed the public to interact with speakers. Surfrider gathered the most important tweets in a Storify compilation, making it possible to go through the gist of the debates and make a first assessment of the conference's results.
On the 17th of last February, the Appeal court of Bordeaux (France) passed its sentence on the Smurfit affair. After being acquitted in First Instance in 2013, multinational stationery company Smurfit Kappa was eventually declared guilty of civil and criminal infractions for prejudice caused to the environment. In July 2012, one of the cisterns of Smurfit’s factory site in Biganos (Gironde, France) had broken open and widely poured its content, i.e. blackish substances containing (among others) caustic soda, into the surrounding rivers and the Arcachon Bay. These substances were then driven into the ocean via the Salie Wharf, a nearby sewage pipe which was already suspected of discharging noxious liquids around bathing and surfing waters on a regular basis. The incident caused an uproar among surfers and residents who gathered around local surfer and member of Association Michel d’Agata Jean-Vincent Accoce, who turned to Surfrider Foundation Europe and joined its Keepers of the Coast programme. Following our first interview back in 2012, we thought it interesting to ask him for his opinion now the affair is over (you may find a complete summary of it on the Keepers’ website).
From March 19th to 22nd, Surfrider Foundation Europe will be launching the 20th edition of its best-known mobilization and awareness raising programme : the Ocean Initiatives, a large-scale, free-to-join marine litter collection campaign. This new edition will once again link the collection of litter and the quantification of it with general sensibilization on the issue of marine litter. Indeed Surfrider will be providing organisers with pedagogical tools specifically designed to raise awareness using four emblematic types of litter. Various statistics based, among others, upon the litter collected over the 2014 Ocean Initiatives, have shown that these 4 types of waste are as commonly found on the coastline as in our daily lives. Thus cigarette butts, food packages, cotton swabs and plastic microbeads from cosmetics will be brought forward in the 2015 campaign to highlight this fundamental fact: just like them, the vast majority of the trash that pollutes our oceans comes from the continent.
On March 11th and 12th 2015, Surfrider Foundation Europe, Foundation Albert 2nd of Monaco, Tara Expeditions and Mava Foundation will be holding an international conference on marine litter in Monaco. Although the meeting’s primary focus will be on the Mediterranean Sea, the scope of debates will extend to more general concerns since the unparalleled mass pollution it is faced with makes it the epitome of most threats posed to saltwater worldwide. With speakers from all around the Mediterranean Basin, from Marocco to France and Lebanon, the conference seeks to bring together all stakeholders of the plastic cycle; hopefully this will allow solutions to marine litter issues to be brought about and any obstacles to the enactment and implementation of necessary measures to be overcome. The public is also welcome to take part in both the conference and the activities which will revolve around it.