In the early hours of Wednesday the 19th of December, (after 6 months of discussions and a final long night of negotiations) the European Union reached a landmark agreement to tackle plastic pollution in our rivers, beaches and ocean.
Urban areas such as cities and metropolises have an important role to play in reducing plastic pollution, specifically that from plastic bottles.These items that we see laying on the sidewalks, in gutters and along the sides of roads get swept up in streams of runoff, entering the water column mostly through sewers, and eventually dump into the ocean.
In recent years, a phenomenon of appearance and proliferation of an alga called Ostreopsis ovata has appeared in the Mediterranean. This microalga can be toxic and have adverse effects on both the environment and human health. To raise awareness on the presence of this alga, Surfrider is getting involved in Mediterranean to monitor the evolution of its presence, and initiate preventive and informative measures.
On July 20th, the Marseille Administrative Court delivered its verdict concerning the Alteo plant's derogation from pollution standards and its toxic discharges into the Mediterranean sea. Representing a remarkable victory after a 10-year effort for the Surfrider team and the Keepers of the Coast program against Alteo, the world leader of the production of aluminas.
Absolute blight, 5 to 13 millions tonnes of plastic end up in the oceans every year. Even though the European Union has just presented new measures to reduce single-used plastics, Surfrider Foundation Europe calls out European cities to act for the reduction of pollution due to plastic bottles.
Placing the oceans at the heart of the manifestos for the upcoming European elections is Surfrider Foundation Europe's new challenge through the Voice for the Ocean campaign.
Last weekend, from March 22nd to March 25th, the launching events of the Ocean Initiatives took place. You were many to get together all over Europe and pick up waste in your area: thank you!
For the 24th edition of the Ocean Initiatives, Surfrider Foundation Europe, in partnership with the advertising agency Young & Rubicam Paris, reveals its Trash Invasion campaign, 100% digital and ... polluting!
Pauline Ado, current ISA surf World champion, decided to get involved alongside Surfrider Foundation Europe. As the association’s ambassador, Pauline will take part in actions amongst water sport lovers, raising awareness on the urgent need to protect the ocean.