With more daily evidence of plastics harming that most sacred of environments (the ocean), the growing number of people wanting to make a change is finally encouraging.
With the help of local beach cleans, straw free restaurants and reusable plastic, seaside communities are slowly taking back control of the great plastic obsession. In addition, the go ahead for The Plastic Bottle Deposit Scheme in Britain marks another step towards a greener future. Towns like Penzance and Perranporth, just 20 minutes south of where The Surfaced Pro takes place, are the shining examples of how every coastal community should behave.
You could argue that in the developed world, we no longer have an excuse to be unaware of the facts. And now, thanks to Sir David Attenborough, and his inspiring Blue Planet 2, even the most landlocked family in the British Isles knows about the effect we are having on the oceans.
It is estimated that there are 8 million tonnes of plastic in the ocean today, earlier this week the government warned that this figure could treble within the next 10 years. In the last few years, The Surfaced Pro has made an impact by becoming the first to give equal prize money to men and women, we want to achieve the same kind of exposure for the plastic problem by becoming the UK’s first single-use-plastic free surf event.
Hosts and sponsors, Watergate Bay Hotel, are now a ‘plastic straw free’ business and in addition to this, everyone who attends the event will be able to use their Water Refill Station. Also, on the final evening of the event a big beach clean will be carried out to ensure that no waste whatsoever will creep into our beloved ocean.
In attendance will be local organisations that follow our message. They will have the chance to spread awareness for their cause and the great work that they do. These include; Final Straw Cornwall, Your Shore Beach Rangers & Six Foot and Clean.
by Marcus Moore, Cornwall College