The Spanish Government has reiterated its approval for the oil exploration project in the Canary Islands despite the re-launch of the petition ‘Save Canarias’ by the Keeper of the Coast, Wim. It had previously rejected the call for a referendum, made by the current autonomous Canary Islands Government, which is opposed to the project. Faced with such a blatant lack of cooperation, Wim, supported by the Government of the Canaries, re-launched his petition. The Canary Islands Government is also planning to organise its own referendum to find out what the Spanish population thinks about this exploration project.
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 […]
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This has been yet another victory for the Keepers of the Coast. After two years of controversy, on the 20th of June 2014, the new City Council unanimously voted for the abandonment of the Beaurivage car park project at the Côte des Basques (Basque Coast) in Biarritz.
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.
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.