Surfrider Foundation Europe proposes the rediscovery of our marine heritage, the Beach Day! This beach day is an event in which we exchange to create a bond and make a […]
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.
This month, Damien answers Naïma's question. She saw a ton of wastes on beaches this summer and she wants to know how can she act ?
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’.
Each year, the third weekend of September is the can’t – miss cultural event of the new school year; the Heritage days. It’s the event which allows you to discover the national heritage which is usually closed to the public, who, during this time, are able to take in the beauty of these places filled with history. For the third consecutive year, Surfrider Foundation Europe offers Beach Day on the same weekend, because the marine environment is also heritage, and because this heritage, as well as being a treat for the eyes, also honors the four other human senses.
Is change happening now? What if it was true? In the last few months, the issue of marine waste, and more particularly of plastic bags, has repeatedly been at the heart of debates and of French and European ambitions. t’s most certainly in France where the biggest step has been taken in this respect. Indeed, the country has voted an amendment banning single-use plastic bags from the 1st of January 2016.