Leaders of the world gathered in Carbis Bay, Cornwall over the weekend for the G7 summit – where numerous policies and global mandates were debated and decided. And while all that was going on, around 1,000 surfers paddled out to call for more protection to be put in place for our oceans.
Action group Surfers Against Sewage, who campaign for cleaner and safer seas across the world, hosted the event in Falmouth (not far from the site of the G7 summit), along with director of Netflix hit documentary Seaspiracy Ali Tabrizi. The theme rippling along those gathered on Saturday was along the lines of 'the G7 is here to promise promises of better promises', with no real tangible action put in place.
It's estimated more than 1,000 people paddled out in a bid to put pressure on the G7 leaders to do more to safeguard ocean environments. “It was overwhelming to see so many people coming together for the Surfers Against Sewage G7 Paddle Out Protest this weekend,” says SAS CEO Hugo Tagholm.
“It’s clear to the public that, in this Ocean Decade, we urgently need ambitious and fast ocean protection, starting now! World Leaders are making positive noises and there are some encouraging initial steps to highly protect and restore parts of our seas, but we need this to go faster and further to reach at least 30 per cent of the fully protected by 2030. [the 30x30 initiative]
“With over 1,000 protesters joining us in the water in Falmouth, the protest was not only the biggest in SAS history but also makes it a world-record! Perhaps unofficial but still clearly a record.
“We now need leaders to deliver on their rhetoric and make restoring the ocean ecosystem central to climate and biodiversity action. We’ll be taking these calls forward to COP26 with us in Glasgow in November.”
Meanwhile, Tabrizi has also helped launch a Crowdfunder campaign in line with the 30x30 initiative. “We're trying to funnel that enthusiasm to protect the oceans to our world leaders,” he said. “I just hope these agreements at the G7 will lead to concrete action. We need to make sure the messaging is right and pick apart the language, protections, sustainability, what does this actually mean?”
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