The Voice for the Ocean campaign of Surfrider Foundation Europe (SFE) sets up a unique and innovative program to consult a large Ocean and coastal community via a specific on-line consultation and several awareness raising events in 5 European countries: Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Portugal and Spain.
Presenting: Voice for the Ocean campaign
Surfrider Foundation Europe is a grassroots organization which brings together a network of thousands of passion-driven people who defend our ocean and coasts. Our ocean faces growing challenges from marine litter to climate change, affecting its health, resilience and the services it provides. SFE aims at being the voice of this community and, more broadly, of EU citizens who care about the Ocean and its protection.
2018 and 2019 will be crucial for our Ocean’s future, as several EU and International policy processes are expected to contribute to the achievement of important environmental objectives and a new European Parliament and Commission will be elected and appointed in 2019.
On the 1st of June, during the European Maritime Day in Burgas, Bulgaria, Surfrider Foundation Europe will launch “Voice for the Ocean”. This campaign offers to all EU citizens the possibility to voice their own ocean priorities ahead of the European elections.
With this campaign, Surfrider will take the leadership, while partnering with key networks and their leaders, to voice “Ocean priorities”, via an on-line consultation and a European tour of debates on Ocean related issues.
This campaigns also aims at better engaging citizens in shaping EU policy and in taking part in EU participative processes to voice their priorities and concerns. That’s why Surfrider Europe provides them with tools to better understand the functioning of EU institutions and their actions for the protection of health and the environment.
As part of the Voice for the Ocean Tour, and to celebrate the World Environment Day dedicated to “Beating Plastic Pollution”, Surfrider Europe and IOC-UNESCO are organising in Paris on the 5th of June an event on microplastic pollution. It is the opportunity to better understand the causes and consequences of pollution with microplastics and why it’s so important to make this issue a priority during the 2019 European elections. 200 students will attend the event to learn, exchange and understand how their own actions can make a difference. The Conference is open to all curious and responsible citizens, feel free to join us!
Early 2019, Surfrider will present publicly the results of the consultation to citizens and candidates to European elections, so make your voice heard now by taking part: http://en.vfto.surfrider.eu
Surfrider will then follow up on the integration of the identified “Ocean priorities” in the programmes of the different political parties running. This will aim at placing Ocean priorities at the heart of the EU policy agenda.