Join the Million Mile Clean
Surfers Against Sewage are excited to bring you the Million Mile Clean; a new campaign which connects our beach cleaning action throughout the year, and targets 100,000 volunteers walking 10 miles whilst cleaning the places they love. After more than a year of isolation, social distancing and reduced physical activity, the Million Mile Clean reconnects communities with the environment, whilst promoting the benefits of volunteering for both mental health and physical wellbeing. Join us for the biggest, most active beach clean campaign ever! Find out more here: https://beachcleans.org.uk/
HOW DO I GET INVOLVED?
We want you to walk, paddle or swim 10 miles throughout the year whilst picking up rubbish. Beach, street, river or mountain, you can clean anywhere, anytime, just remember to track your distance, submit your results, and use the hashtags #MillionMileBeachClean or #MillionMileClean when posting on social media. You can either run a clean and get your whole community involved, join a clean in your local area, or do a Mini Beach Clean in your own time. All of your cleaning action counts towards our million-mile goal. Find out more here: https://beachcleans.org.uk/
Quick Tip: If you want to know exactly how far you walk whilst beach cleaning, you can join our group on the distance tracking app, Strava. Just download the app for free and join our group.
This is an ocean and climate emergency
Our blue planet is on fire! The voice of the ocean must be heard within the climate crisis. Demand the government take action and sign our petition - www.sas.org.uk/ocean-and-climate-petition
We want all governments of the UK to recognise the importance of a thriving ocean, for the planet and people, and to utilise its capacity as a solution to the climate crisis. We are calling for:
1. OCEAN REWILDING AND BLUE CARBON HABITAT RESTORATION
We want to see an increased investment, and associated targets, in ocean rewilding to allow blue carbon habitats to thrive and actively remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere in order to achieve negative carbon emissions.
2. IMPLEMENTATION OF HIGHLY PROTECTED MARINE AREAS (HPMAS)
We want to see the implementation of HPMAs to fully protect marine species from human disruption and to allow ecosystems to recover. We need marine areas where deep sea mining is banned, commercial fishing is prevented, oil and gas exploration is ceased and pollution inputs are tightly regulated.
3. RECOGNITION OF THE IMPORTANCE OF MARINE ECOSYSTEMS FOR HUMAN WELLBEING
We want governments at COP26 to acknowledge the pivotal role the ocean plays in sustaining economies and societal well-being and to ensure protection of coastal communities against the climatic changes we can no longer prevent, such as sea level rise and flooding.
WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT?
The ocean is under threat from human activity. Alongside the destruction caused by deep-sea mining, unsustainable fishing and pollution; climate change is causing ocean temperatures and acidity levels to rise dramatically. These changes are driving marine ecosystems and species to extinction and putting populations here in the UK, and across the world, at extreme risk.
Through protection and rewilding, marine environments can be restored to tackle climate change and help communities adapt to the climate impacts we can no longer prevent.
As the hosts of COP26, the UK government has a responsibility, to our blue planet and the populations who depend on it, to make sure the ocean is at the forefront of climate change negotiations. Sign the petition today: www.sas.org.uk/ocean-and-climate-petition
A Message from Hugo Tagholm, CEO of Surfers Against Sewage
Surfers Against Sewage is proud to deliver campaigns that bring people together, empowering communities to create positive change for our ocean. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for being part of our movement of ocean activists, protecting our ocean and beaches for everyone to enjoy. Our shared experiences of the coastline are what bring us together. Our beaches are where we create experiences, draw inspiration and unite. They are also places we can seek solace, comfort and sea air during this time of global crisis.
The global pandemic means that we need to change the way we work for the time being. Rather than coming together, we need to work together in new ways, at distance. Social distancing doesn’t mean that we can’t stay connected. Our digital connections and actions will be more important than ever, to support each other, to share concerns, and to drive our campaigns forward for a safer and healthier Planet Ocean. We need each other more than ever before.
Our live activities are on hold at the moment to help keep you safe. Beach cleans, campaign actions, social meet-ups are on hold until further notice. We must all follow the advice of scientists to stay apart wherever we can. Your safety and well being is our priority. We also need to be conscious and support the most vulnerable in society at these challenging times.
We are taking the time to innovate and evolve our community campaigns and projects – finding new and improved ways to empower communities and drive change when we come through the crisis. In the meantime, below are a few actions that you can take with us from the comfort of your home or at a quiet beach.
We will come through this together and we look forward to seeing you back at the beach for an Autumn of Ocean Activism.
Remember to stay safe out there and look after each other.
Thank you for all your support.