Do something for World Oceans Day 2013 – 5 top tips

This Saturday – 8th June – is the annual World Oceans Day. It’s the official UN designated day to celebrate the ocean.

The theme for this and next year is ‘together we have the power to protect the ocean’.

However, we should be doing lots more than merely celebrating World Oceans Day. As surfers we experience the best – and worst – of ocean experiences. We intimately experience the beauty and energy of the ocean yet we also witness its pollution and degradation.

So in the countdown to World Oceans Day, I’d like to suggest some simple, positive actions that surfers can take to help protect the ocean:

1 do something to help the Surfers Against Sewage Protect Our Waves campaign: sign the petition, become a guardian, buy a T shirt

2 hassle your Council to provide better information about bathing water quality – especially when combined sewer overflows are used

3 take part in the SAS Barefoot Beach Cleans this summer, and take home a bit of plastic rubbish the next time you visit the beach.

4 get your Council to follow the example of Cornwall County Council in recognising the role of surfing

5 buy your fish from a sustainable source to help reduce overfishing.


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