As a team of rowers, we are all passionate about the waters of the UK, and coming from Devon we have the luxury of having stunning beaches on our doorstep. Unfortunately plastic pollution has become synonymous with all of our favourite coastal activities - from surfing to swimming, beach holidays to wildlife watching - it is simply an expected part of our experience.
We are supporting Surfers Against Sewage in their Plastic Free Coastlines campaign through Plastic Free Exeter, and are aiming to raise money towards their Parley x SAS Ocean School. This programme educates the next generation on why plastics are harmful and teaches practical ways to reduce plastic consumption.
SURFERS AGAINST SEWAGE
Plastic Free Coastlines
Our priority going forward is to fight the plastic pollution that blights our beaches and strangles our seashores.
We adopt a two-pronged approach:
Stopping the problem at source.
By tackling society’s throwaway culture when it comes to single-use plastics, we aim to change consumer behaviour and industry standards. Solutions like a Deposit Return System (DRS) would stop millions of pieces of plastic from entering the ocean eco-system in the first place.
Cleaning up pollution from our beaches.
We’re a movement of do-ers, not just talkers. So we organise more beach cleans than any other charity in the UK. These events galvanise communities into action – protecting their local beaches for everyone to enjoy.
OCEAN SCHOOL PROGRAMME
Ocean School is an immersive hands-on education programme designed by SAS in collaboration with Parley for the Oceans to raise student’s awareness of the plastic pollution problem in the places they love… and ask for their help! Ocean School will provide students with the opportunity to explore, investigate and respond to the environment they live in. Empowering them to identify and embrace the vital part they play in protecting the places they love. Our ‘Ocean School Graduates’ can become guardians of the oceans for us all.
We couldn’t be prouder of our education programme, which in recent years has enabled us to visit hundreds of schools across the UK and work with and learn from some truly incredible young ocean activists. From tiny schools of five students on the Isles of Scilly to the biggest primary school in the UK in Birmingham we are always made to feel so welcome and never fail to leave without loads of new ideas (and friends!).
Now it’s our turn to invite these guys to our classroom, a place that fills us with wonder every time we visit and like every great teacher inspires and empowers us to look beyond the horizon, the ocean. When it comes to learning about environmental stewardship our ocean and coastal environment is the perfect classroom. From interactive biology in the mini-ecosystems that are presented in wonderful 3D in rock pools to the simple, yet vital citizenship lessons in hard work and collective action that team beach cleans present our beaches and oceans provide glorious, sometimes challenging real life examples of every imaginable subject in the curriculum and more!
"People protect what they love. But they only love what they know".