05/08/2013 | by Alex Dick-Read
Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) has recently launched its new education programme, ‘Seas For Life’ at the iconic Falmouth Maritime Museum. The launch event on 1st July included a series of talks and interactive sessions covering a cross-section of marine pollution issues, associated wildlife & habitat impacts and offering coastal communities, schools and individuals sustainable, achievable solutions through positive citizenship and community activities. It was attended by almost 150 students from local schools, including Flushing Primary School, Falmouth School, Mylor Bridge School and Illogan Primary School
The Seas For Life launch also included an inspirational talk and food tasting from the Campervan Cook Martin Dorey. Martin is a writer, surfer and TV presenter who has made it his life’s work to live near the sea and cares deeply about keeping our beaches and oceans as clean. He incorporates ‘green’ messages in all his work and champions fresh, local and sustainable produce.
The launch event is being followed by a tour of schools in coastal and fishing communities across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, taking place from 8th – 12th July. The SAS education team are visiting 10 schools in Newlyn & Penzance, Newquay, St Ives, St Agnes, Porthleven, Padstow, Bude, Charlestown, Looe and the Isles of Scilly.
The Seas For LIfe education programme covers SAS’s latest campaigns on water quality, marine litter, climate change, toxic chemicals, shipping and coastal wave protection. It also addresses the concept of citizenship and how students can have a positive impact on the marine environment to contribute to safeguarding fisheries, oceans, waves and beaches, and other coastal assets.
SAS has developed this project with the support from Fishing for Litter, one of the innovative initiatives tackling marine litter in the southwest. Fishing for Litter is an active environmental response to the progressive increase of marine litter in the seas around Great Britain, Scandinavia and Western Europe. Through the participation of local fishermen, this project is designed to recover marine litter whilst raising awareness of the significant detrimental impact such waste can have on the marine environment.