On the eve of its 25th anniversary next year, it seems appropriate to recall the European vocation of Surfrider Foundation Europe. Through lobbying, the association has increasingly directed its efforts in that area over the past few years with the aim to change the laws which protect the marine environment, to a more or less satisfactory degree.
Since May 2014 , the schooner Tara has travelled around the Mediterranean making stops in several European cities on it's latest mission "clean up the med". Given the links between Tara's values and project and our own, it was a logical step that Surfrider Foundation Europe would get involved in this amazing adventure, organising activities based around the problems of marine waste and water quality, at Tara's various stops. From 20th - 29th September, Tara will be casting anchor in Marseille, giving our Mediterranean office the perfect opportunity to get involved with Tara's expedition in the coastal city.
It’s soon October, and with October comes a pink revolution at Surfrider Foundation Europe. For this occasion, the Non Toxic Revolution exhibition, that bears the same name as the campaign, will take place at the Surfrider Campus in Biarritz and will be organised in collaboration with Keep A Breast association and with the support of Obey Clothing. Save the date; on the 3rd of October there will be a varnishing and debate, around health and environmental issues, at the Surfrider Campus in Biarritz.
Surfrider Foundation Europe will join the People's Climate March on Sunday, the 21st of September, which is being held on the occasion of the UN Summit in New York two days later, where the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon is uniting the world's political leaders to establish the road map for the 2015 climate negotiations in Paris. This global Climate March is first and foremost a mobilisation of the people, seeking to communicate to governments the importance of establishing an ambitious and more binding climate agenda to ultimately achieve the maintenance of healthy ecosystems.
Some of the products you are using on a daily basis such as exfoliants, shower gel, shaving cream, and facial cleansers may contain microbeads. While providing these products with their exfoliating properties, these beads are a massive destructive force in the environment. Measuring only a few micromilimeters in diameter, they drain away with the wastewater, pass unhindered through the sewage treatment plants, and end up in rivers, lakes, and oceans. From there, they enter the food chain… of which we are the last link. Surfrider has warned against this scourge before, sharing the excellent application ‘Beat the Microbead’. Today, the US State of Illinois, followed by California and New York, has decided to ban these plastic particles in cosmetic products. Australia could soon follow.
The Luno, a cargo ship which ran aground on the beaches of Anglet in February 2014, will have people talking until the very end. After three months in the yard, its dismantlement was completed in June, and the opened judicial inquiry was finally closed and filed with no further action taken, as ‘technical fault’ was found to be the only cause for the disaster. On the same day, a piece from the wreckage emerged, forcing the township of Anglet to cordon off the concerned beaches for safety reasons. Fortunately, the ship had been empty at the time of the disaster. Considering that its last cargo had been fertiliser, which is extremely polluting, one might say that this was ‘a stroke of luck’.