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Surfrider Foundation Europe is a non profit organization, dedicated to defending, saving, improving and managing in a sustainable manner the ocean, coastline, waves and the people who enjoy them.
From its creation, efforts have been concentrated on coastal issues, but today our scope of interest and involvement is spreading to related areas of lakes and rivers.
Created in 1990 in Europe (Biarritz, France) by surfers, including 3-time World Surfing Champion Tom Curren, the organization brings together today about 1500 volunteers, 8000 members, about 40 local chapters, and more than 40 000 supporters in Europe.
Surfrider Foundation is a global network of regional organizations and local chapters present in many countries and on every inhabited continent (USA, Europe, Japan, Australia, Latin America,…). It started in 1984 in Malibu, California, where surfers aimed to protect their favourite surf spots from local pollution.
Surfrider Foundation Europe brings together people from all walks of life, with a common passion for the ocean and dedication to caring for the coastline.
No matter how you enjoy the coastline (sporting, bathing or walking), if you feel the need to act in order to save your coastline's natural heritage, then you can start by joining the Surfrider Foundation.
Its distinguished members include several sports and other well-known personalities.
After the historic signature of the Paris Agreement by 175 countries in New York, the next significant challenge is the integration of this Agreement in the national policies of the countries who signed it. This is almost already done for France, since on Tuesday 17th May 2016, the French National Assembly adopted the bill submitted by the Environment and Ecology Minister.
On the occasion of the plenary assembly of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) hold at Nairobi in Kenya from April 11 to 13, the group of experts announced that their 6th report will include an important part dealing with the link between climate change and the ocean. This study was one of our main demands during COP21. Therefore this announcement is of great importance to us.
Since the end of COP21 and the integration of the climate objectives concerning the ocean in the Paris Agreement, there seems to be a real awareness of ocean protection. Various indicators in the recent months have proved this, among them the mentioning of “blue growth” in the first plan of environmental negotiations. A return to the meaning of this new concept and about what it practically adds to the facts.
Following an exclusive study realized on 5 european beaches, we present the findings and analysis of this study in the « Monitoring marine litter accross Europe » report. Based on the OSPAR protocol, this first report gives instructive lessons. 80% of waste are plastic such as plastic bags and bottles, cigarette butts and cotton swabs. This observation will allow the implementation of new solutions for a sustainable and effective battle against aquatic debris.
On the 17th of April, Italians were called to vote for or against offshore oil drilling stations less than 12 kilometers off their coasts. As the initiators of the referendum, nine regions on Italy’s coast, affected by the oil platforms, denounce the environmental consequences of these activities.
A meeting, where the large oil and gas multinational companies will be present as well as the main offshore operators in deep waters, will take place from 5th to 7th April in Pau, in the south-west of France. The holding of such a summit only 4 months after COP21 jeopardize the credibility of Paris Agreement. It is why a contest movement has been started by Bizi, a Basque ecological association, and ANV-COP21. Naturally, we have joined this movement and support the mobilization against this summit.
On the occasion of his music tour in France, we met the musician-songwriter Peter Harper. We asked him some questions about his involvement with Surfrider and about his way of leading an ecological way of life. Since a few years yet the three Harper brothers (Ben, Joel and Peter) support and promote Surfrider actions.
The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) last week adopted a mandatory measure on international shipping vessels to monitor and record greenhouse gas emissions. While shipping was not included in the Paris Agreement despite our demands and those of other institutions, the IMO has off its own back marked a turning point in the international management of greenhouse gases with the adoption of this new system.
On the occasion of the International Mother Earth Day celebrated on 22nd April, 175 representatives of worldwide countries met in the United Nations head office in New-York to sign the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. This is the first time an international agreement is signed by so many countries in only one day.
Initially planned on January 1st, 2016, the decree implementing the law on energetic transition has been published yesterday, Thursday, March 31st in the Official Journal. This publication confirms the legally binding ban on single use plastic bags from 1st July 2016 and as a second step from July 1st, 2017. This time, no postponement is possible!
At the end of last March, the main french fishing company, Scapêche Group, announced they would stop fishing in deep waters by the end of 2025. After harsh criticisms, especially from the Bloom NGO in 2013, Scapêche had ceased fishing beyond 800m deep in order to « gradually stop trawling in deep waters ». This decision is in line with the « 2025 sustainable fishing » plan of the company.
Polyethylene, polycarbonate, polypropylene … If any of these chemicals are listed in the ingredients of your cosmetics, it’s not a good sign. What if you are unwittingly responsible for marine pollution when you apply your moisturiser or brush your teeth? For over 25 years, microbeads have been present in our cosmetics. Recently a real awareness of the danger of these components has come to light, on the advent of an international anti-plastic movement.