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.
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!
In this press release, Surfrider Foundation Europe addresses the ongoing mobilisation against the reprofiling project in Laida beach (Bizkaia, Spain), which has arisen over the concern that the project might have a negative impact on the waves of Mundaka and the area's classified natural reserves.
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?
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
For the 20th edition of the Ocean Initiatives, a number of the Surfrider Foundation Europe’s branches and offices had their hearts set on celebrating this anniversary with ambitious and relevant projects. The Bask Coast Chapter took up the challenge : for five days, from the 18th to the 22nd of March, volunteers organized and animated a descent of the Pau and Adour Gaves (rivers). From Beaucens to Anglet, they spiced up their journey with litter collections and educational animations, making it one of the most outstanding Ocean Initiatives of the inaugural weekend!
Olga Kisseleva has been chosen by Surfrider Foundation Europe to hold its first artist residency. Founder of the Art & Science lab at Université Paris 1 – Panthéon-Sorbonne, she is a pioneer of contemporary art, and is also involved in new arising forms of digital creations. Surfrider wishes to benefit from its involvement in the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21), which will take place this fall in Paris, by connecting her artwork to its expertise on the role of the oceans in climate regulation, the effects of climate change on marine ecosystems and the individual and collective solutions which humankind can put in place to protect them. Nature and artifice, geographic areas and virtual spaces, civic contributions and global implications will be the main themes addressed in this art installation which will explore new models of dynamic presentation and collaborative story-telling narratives. While preparing for the COP21, the aim remains unchanged: make the public question its own implication in a constantly changing environment.