Salaam Alaikum! News from Surfrider Morocco

Surfrider Foundation Europe is in regular contact with the different Surfrider representations that can be found all over the globe. One of those is the Surfrider Foundation Morocco, which was founded by a former member of Surfrider Foundation Europe, who has today found his place in Morocco. The author of this article, Mathieu, carried out his civic service by working at Surfrider Foundation Europe for one year between November 2011 and November 2012. He has put into action the excellent adage "Surfrider un jour, Surfrider toujours" ("One day Surfrider, always Surfrider"). For a month and a half, he joined the Surfrider Foundation Morocco team on a voluntary humanitarian mission. This was an ideal opportunity for him to give us an update on our Moroccan friends! An Amazing Team!

The Environment as important as Peace ? UN says yes with the new Environment Assembly

The United Nations Organisation took a historic step when it placed the environment on the same level of importance as peace, security, trade, finance, and health. The year 2014 saw the inauguration of the new United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA), which met for the first time from the 23rd to the 27th of June in Nairobi. The Kenyan capital also plays host to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). With environmental issues no longer inferior to financial or trade affairs, the stated objective of this inaugural UNEA meeting was to establish concrete global measures. UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner called for increased efforts in the fields of waste reduction and recycling, which must be fully endorsed.

Boyan Slat’s Ocean-Cleaning Machine: Let’s Not Get Carried Away

One year ago, the young Dutchman Boyan Slat, aged only 19, claimed to have found the solution to cleaning up the oceans. His project created a buzz and even won several awards. The media were quick to be speaking of a ‘genius idea’, a ‘solution’ for our oceans, a project seeming to rally several researchers around this potential genius. His concept is, above all, being well marketed and makes people dream; and this is exactly what is annoying about it. Make no mistake, I wish him all the success, but this is not where the issue lies.