This month, Damien got sick after a surf session in our coastal water and he’s wondering why. Does it have something to do with recent episodes of water pollution on […]
The Surfrider Campus Tour 21 (SCT21) began its journey on the 8th of June on the occasion of World Ocean Day. Over the course of the coming months, the SCT21 […]
Six months before the opening of the climate negotiations held in December in Paris known as the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change […]
Brussels, July 3, 2015 – On International Plastic Bag Free Day, a coalition of environmental and waste prevention organisations  urge EU Member States to take measures on environmentally damaging single-use plastic bags in accordance with new EU Directive requirements. Every year, the average EU citizen uses an estimated 500 plastic bags , 92.5% of which are single-use.
A World Premiere! 900 Dutch citizens, supported by the NGO Urgenda, won their case against the government at the Court in The Hague, which ruled that the measures taken so far to reduce greenhouse gas emissions are insufficient and falling short of previously made commitments. There was even talk of a “human rights violation”.
On Tuesday the 28th of April, the European parliament enacted new dispositions which could constitute a fundamental step in the struggle against greenhouse gas emissions from the numerous ships which circulate in EU waters. It is not yet a reduction measure, rather a preliminary act which the commission thinks necessary : in the next several years, an MRV protocol (monitoring, reporting and verification) will be set up, allowing the EU to control certain ships’ greenhouse gas emissions when they circulate between, to, and from certain European ports. While numerous countries of the Union, including France, have been showing a lack of diligence in transposing EU maritime pollution regulations into national law over the last few years, this measure is obviously more than welcome. However, its application date is still far away and it is still only a precedent to future reduction measures.
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!