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.
What do seabed look like? A team of European researchers has found evidence of waste in the seafloor, thousands of meters below the ocean surface. The study, conducted by the University of the Azores, gathered 23 researchers from 16 European research institutions, and analyzed nearly 600 samples from the ocean floor, ranging from 35 to 4500 meters in the Atlantic, Arctic, and Mediterranean. Francois Galgani, a researcher at Ifremer and co-author of this study, kindly agreed to respond to our questions.
Containers being lost at sea is nothing new. However as container ships continue to grow in size – giants being the word often applied – and as marine traffic increases, […]
Following lengthy debates, the French Energy Transition Bill was adopted by the French National Assembly on the 14th of October 2014, thus officially introducing a ban on disposable plastic bags […]
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.
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.