After the Seine-Normandy caravan, our Breton office is now geting action with another educational caravan! From the 2nd to the 28th of June the Hissez Eau caravan will be anchoring in seven major ports that characterise Brittany’s natural and cultural heritage in partnership with some of its most magnificent sailing boats. With these partner vessels and their crew, but also organisations and artists from the region, Surfrider will be holding Ocean Initiatives, awareness-raising workshops, conferences and art exhibitions. Do not hesitate to come and see the events to learn more about the sea and how to protect it. After all, it is the wealth and beauty of the Breton coastline!
A World Premiere! 900 Dutch citizens, supported by the NGO Urgenda, won their case against the government at the Court in The Hague, which ruled that the measures taken so far to reduce greenhouse gas emissions are insufficient and falling short of previously made commitments. There was even talk of a "human rights violation".
On the occasion of World Ocean Day on the 8th of June 2014, Surfrider launched the Campus Tour 21: an educational journey with the aim to raise public awareness and […]
On Tuesday the 28th of April, the European parliament enacted new dispositions which could constitute a fundamental step in the struggle against greenhouse gas emissions from the numerous ships which circulate in EU waters. It is not yet a reduction measure, rather a preliminary act which the commission thinks necessary : in the next several years, an MRV protocol (monitoring, reporting and verification) will be set up, allowing the EU to control certain ships’ greenhouse gas emissions when they circulate between, to, and from certain European ports. While numerous countries of the Union, including France, have been showing a lack of diligence in transposing EU maritime pollution regulations into national law over the last few years, this measure is obviously more than welcome. However, its application date is still far away and it is still only a precedent to future reduction measures.
Disappearing waves, beach closings, health risks, limited access to surf breaks, meteorologic extremes… as water sports lovers, we are often confronted with the threats looming over the natural environment which is essential for our favorite sports. A few months away from the COP21 (the United Nations conference on climate change) which will be held in Paris in December, and while the environmental emergency is having a hard time obtaining the media coverage it needs, Surfrider Foundation Europe wishes to remind politicians and the public of what causes conditions to degrade. Therefore, the association wishes to mobilize all watermen around one petition so as to give them a common voice – let’s protect the oceans! Spots and users are in danger! What threats are actually weighing on our practice?
From this 24th of April onwards, Surfrider’s Seine-Normandy educational caravan will begin an awareness raising journey in France, which will include six major stops between Châtillon Sur-Seine and Rouen. The trip will end on the 31st of May, after passing through Paris where the team will organize a conference as well as various activities at la Villette. During this adventure the main focus will be marine litter, an important source of pollution that Surfrider is fighting to eradicate. The caravan will combine Ocean Initiatives, public sensitization and educational activities, which will be supported by various partners. The aim is to make sure all local residents understand that the marine litter issue affects everybody and not just those living in coastal areas.
With regard to the 2015 climate conference and on the occasion of two newly published CESE (French Council for Economy, Society and the Environment) reports, namely “Making the 2015 climate conference a success” and “20 years of fighting against climate change in France: results and prospects”, organizations *CFDT- FNH- FNE – LPO – RAC F – SURFRIDER –H&B- UNSA* wish to make a common statement on the necessity to act in the state of emergency we are in.
The Ocean and Climate 2015 platform was founded in 2014 by a number of actors from the civil society, including Surfrider Foundation Europe, all of which are concerned with putting the ocean in the center of negotiations and international measures on climate. With COP 21 approaching (the United Nations conference on climate change to be held in Paris in December, which will define the next international commitments), the platform is more than ever set on making its slogan heard: “an ocean in good health is a protected climate!” The first achievement of this group is a range of information and awareness-raising tools that will allow you not only to follow them, but also to learn more about the oceans, their role in the climate and the threats which are looming above them