Climate change

SAS campaigns

The basic science behind climate change is now accepted by the overwhelming majority of the scientific community and most scientists agree that the impact will affect the whole planet in many different ways.

Surfers Against Sewage’s Climate Change report examines the possible impacts a changing climate could have on our waves, oceans and beaches, and those that use them for recreation. The report analyses recent scientific evidence on climate change relating to water quality, predicted sea level rises, coastal erosion, storm tracks, water temperature and ocean acidification. It also looks at the emergence of the marine renewables sector as one of the solutions to reducing our dependence on fossil fuels.

Surfers Against Sewage is also a committed member of the Climate Coalition, the UK’s largest group of people dedicated to action on climate change and limiting its impact on the world’s poorest communities. The Climate Coalition’s combined supporter base reaches more than 11 million people over 100 organisations, from environment and development charities to unions, faith, community and women’s groups. Together we demand practical action by the UK to keep global warming as far as possible below the 2°C danger threshold.

In order to limit the impact of climate change and reduce the probability of extreme events such as the global collapse of major ice sheets or shut down of the Gulf Stream, measures must be taken to reduce global carbon dioxide emissions. SAS believes that everyone has their part to play in this including individuals and communities, industry and Governments worldwide.

Here are a few things SAS recommends to start to help you reduce your individual carbon footprint:

  • CAR SHARE – When travelling to the beach, share the driving with your mates.
  • ENERGY SWITCH – Change to a renewable energy supplier.
  • SAVE WATER – Each litre takes a lot of energy to treat and supply – saving water is saving energy!
  • TRAVEL CONSIDERATION – When planning a surf holiday, consider your destination and the impact of your method of travel. Carbon emissions from air travel are considerable. Perhaps replace a flight to Bali with road trip to France or Spain more often. Travel less and stay longer!
  • SWITCH OFF – Don’t leave appliances on standby and turn off the lights when you leave the room!

An emerging concern for Surfers Against Sewage is fracking, a new process of drilling down into the earth and shooting a high-pressure water mixture into the bore hole to release methane gas. A potentially carcinogenic mixture of water, sand and chemicals are injected into the rock at high pressure which encourages the gas to flow out to the head of the well.

Fracking uses massive amounts of water that must be transported to the fracking site, at significant environmental cost. This water contains potentially carcinogenic chemicals that may escape and contaminate groundwater around the fracking site.  SAS opposes fracking and have developed a position statement on it.  Read the SAS Fracking Position Statement 2015 here.

Climate Change Campaigns

Below are links to Climate Change related SAS campaigns…

Climate Change Report

Climate Change Report

So what does climate change mean for surfers in the UK? Putting aside all the other global problems that climate change may cause for a moment, what predictions can be made about surfing in the future?

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Offshore energy

Offshore energy

Surfers Against Sewage believe that climate change poses a major threat to recreational water users, the marine environment and the global environment as a whole, and strongly advocates action to combat it.

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The Climate Coalition

The Climate Coalition

Surfers Against Sewage is a committed member of The Climate Coalition, the UK’s largest group of people dedicated to action on climate change and limiting its impact on the world’s poorest communities.

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