SURFERS AGAINST SEWAGE (UK)
Surfers Against Sewage is a national marine conservation and campaigning charity that inspires, unites and empowers communities to take action to protect oceans, beaches, waves and wildlife.
Surfers Against Sewage was founded in 1990 in Cornwall, UK, as a response by local the surfing community to the dreadful state of their beaches. Those hardy souls who ventured into the water back then often found themselves swimming in raw sewage which was, of course, completely unacceptable. The campaign to clean up the waters grew loud and proud, and as a direct result the UK now enjoys some of the cleanest beaches in Europe. SAS continues to care about water quality issues through its Safer Seas Service.
However, the the priority of SAS now is to battle the current threat to our coastlines and marine environment - "Plastic pollution is the new sewage".
A few of the facts:
"Everyday approximately 8 million pieces of plastic pollution find their way into our oceans"
"100,000 marine mammals and turtles and 1 million sea birds are killed by marine plastic pollution annually"
"A plastic bottle can last for 450 years in the marine environment, slowly fragmenting into smaller pieces, and eventually turning to microscopic microplastics, which never truly go away, and can cause significant harm"
SAS is at the forefront of this global movement to reduce marine plastic pollution with their campaign Plastic Free Coastlines. The campaign employs a two-pronged approach to:
1. Stop the problem at the source - Changing consumer behaviour and industry standards to tackle society's throwaway culture with regards to single-use plastics. This involves raising awareness and educating communities about the problem, talking to governments and challenging industries to effect sustainable change. SAS works to promote scientific, economic and health evidence to support calls for a cleaner marine environment. SAS was one of the organisations involved with effecting the single-use plastic bag fee. A current aim is to develop a Deposit Return System to prevent plastic bottles from entering our oceans from the outset.
2. Cleaning up the pollution from our beaches - Taking active steps to clean up the plastic (and other) pollution that has already affected our coastlines by mobilising communities to carry out regular beach cleans.
Surfers Against Sewage was borne out of people's visceral connection with the sea and their response to pollution ruining our coastlines, whether that is sewage pollution or throwaway plastics. This direct connection with the ocean is what makes SAS unique and drives their mission for cleaner seas.
To learn more, get involved or donate visit: www.sas.org.uk
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