Announced for several weeks, the new edition of the Ocean Initiatives this year will allow us to raise public awareness about invasive aquatic waste. But these collections go further: the famous assessment sheet has evolved to enable citizens to produce concrete results on the issue of waste, which in itself knows no boundaries.
This week, Simon who works for the Ocean Initiatives program answers Isabelle's question : "How can I organize an Ocean Initiative?"
Surfrider just won the Buket trial and Tian Du Feng trial. One which began in 2008, and the other in 2010 but with two verdicts in the same week in late February 2014. The “circle is complete” could sum up what Surfrider is feeling, at least for these trails which had been carried until Courts of Appeal. The association was carried as civil party in both cases of illegal discharge of polluting substances. The verdicts are in favour of Surfrider.
The Save the Canaries movement is focused against oil drilling in the Canary Island, re-launched its petition after the autonomous government of the Canary Islands has asked Madrid a referendum on this issue, amid international dispute between Spain, Morocco and the oil companies involved.
Surfrider was invited to the “Let’s Bag It” conference, which was held in the European Parliament on 19th February, to discuss with other parties about the future of plastic bags. This participation is an indication of the recognition granted to Surfrider at European level, as senior partner for the protection of the marine and coastal environment, whose voice is now strong with expertise that should be taken into account and deserves to be heard.
Following the accident of the Luno, washed ashore and split apart into 3 pieces on the beaches of Anglet, the word dismantlement makes itself heard. An international call for tenders was launched, and should concern only 7 companies in the world capable of such a deconstruction. Surfrider follows the operations proceedings so that environmental issues are sure to be respected.
Have you ever heard of this association, Surfeurs Solidaires, which collects and distributes surf equipment to the most disadvantaged areas of the coast of Africa, including Morocco? The film Surf El Amal was released in 2013, produced by the members of the association: the idea was to promote through the film, the actions of Surfeurs Solidaires. But the film goes beyond by offering a different array of surfing in Morocco.