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 […]
Hello, ocean lovers! After kicking off on the 21st of this March in Germany, the 2015 International Ocean Film Tour keeps going: it will be on in Germany and Northern […]
The 2015 Ocean Initiatives are on ! Once again, from the 20th to the 22nd of March this year, thousands of volunteers attended the inaugural week-end of Surfrider Foundation Europe’s flagship litter collection campaign, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Many litter collections and animations were scheduled by Surfrider with its partners and volunteers throughout Europe. In the wake of this first week-end, many of you have been releasing photographs as well: what better way to thank you for your commitment than a snapshot of the first images from this new campaign?
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!
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.