Surfers Against Sewage

The Surfers Against Sewage organisation is leading the fight against pollution in our oceans. Surfers are painfully aware of the uphill battle we're facing against the 12 million tonnes of plastic waste dumped in the sea every year.

Environmentalists describe it as earth's "biggest ever challenge", as the plastic kills marine life and ultimately can enter our food chain, even ending up on the dinner table.

Plastic beach

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Sea of plastic

Surfers see first-hand the disastrous "sea of plastic" that our world's oceans have become, as they personally encounter pieces of carelessly-discarded plastic as they enjoy their pastime. Single-use plastics, such as bottles, food wrappers, plastic bags and straws, are described as the biggest problem in our throwaway society.

It's predicted that there will be more plastic waste than fish in the ocean in 30 years' time if we carry on dumping at the current rate. Surfers launched the charity, Surfers Against Sewage, in Cornwall in 1990. Surfers from Porthtowan and St Agnes set up the organisation against pollution after they continually fell ill when taking part in water sports.

Over the years, the organisation has battled against much more than sewage and has broadened its scope to become a leading environmental charity, protecting our oceans and marine life from any threats. The Surfers Against Sewage are setting up beach clean-ups all over the UK, encouraging the public to voluntarily take part.

Beach clean-ups

Communities are supporting their work to protect the coastline by joining in with the litter-picks on our shores. SAS has created the UK's biggest beach clean-up community, which also tidies around riverbanks. A network of volunteers cleans more than 100 tonnes of plastic waste from our shores every year.

The charity also liaises with schools across the UK to educate the next generation on how we must take better care of our oceans. SAS has launched the Waves All-Party Parliamentary Group, whose aim is to urge politicians to introduce eco-friendly policies to stop plastic from entering the environment.

The surfers' Protect Our Waves campaign aims to increase public awareness about how British coastal communities rely on the sea, spreading the word that it should be respected and valued by everyone.

When Prince Harry and Meghan Markle married in 2018, they chose seven charities, including Surfers Against Sewage, to receive donations, as the royal couple wished to donate to worthy causes, instead of receiving wedding presents.

Community effort

Local communities are urged to organise their own beach clean-ups in their local area. For more details on how you can join in and make a difference, email SAS at beachcleans@sas.org.uk.

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