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Surfers Against Sewage celebrates 25 year anniversary



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Surfers Against Sewage commemorates 25-year anniversay with retrospective

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 8 May, 2015 - Cornwall, England - This Sunday, 10th May 2015, officially marks Surfers Against Sewage’s 25th anniversary, and they aretaking the opportunity to reflect on past achievements, but more importantly, to shine a spotlight on the urgent environmental challenges ahead:


"The last quarter of a century has seen Surfers Against Sewage evolve from a highly publicised single-issue campaign group to a fully-fledged environmental charity, working on increasingly diverse, complex and challenging marine conservation issues. The organisation has had to adapt to tackle these new, sometimes global threats by developing new environmental initiatives, partnerships and projects to safeguard surfing habitats. After 25 years, ‘Surfers Against Sewage’, a name and message we love and stand by, doesn’t fully reflect the range of issues the organisation currently works on or the diversity of the community we represent. And never before have our oceans been under more threat.

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Together with your support, this year we hope to create an even sharper focus on today’s key marine conservation issues, from marine litter to climate change, coastal development to health and wellbeing, through:

-amplifying our call for a 50% reduction of UK beach litter by 2020 and building the road map of activity to help achieve this.

-working with communities to empower, train and mobilise between 10,000 – 15,000 coastal volunteers.

-calling for greater restrictions on the thousands of sewage discharges our surf spots and beaches are subjected to annually from the UK’s network of over 30,000 combined sewer overflows.

-demanding better protection of our coastline from inappropriate coastal developments that destroy habitats, waves and wildlife.

-taking your voice to Parliament as part of the Protect Our Waves All Party Parliamentary Group, to call for legislative change and improved protection for the coastal places we all love and enjoy.

-working with Europe’s leading scientists to explore the emerging health impacts of poor bathing water quality.

-highlighting the catastrophic implications of unabated climate change for coastlines, surfing environments and coastal communities worldwide.

-bringing together the world’s enviro-surf community in Cornwall and London for the Global Wave Conference."

You can see some memorable moments in Surfrs Against Sewage's history here,

Hugo Tagholm

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