This year’s G7 summit, hosted by the UK in Carbis Bay, Cornwall, was a hotbed of climate protest. Joining the throng of activists and members of the public calling on world leaders to put climate at the top of their agenda was Cornwall-based charity Surfers Against Sewage. They coordinated a paddle-out protest to highlight the importance of ocean health, drawing hundreds of surfers, swimmers, kayakers and paddle boarders from Cornwall and beyond to Gyllyngvase Beach in Falmouth, where the action took place. We’ve compiled some of the stand-out images from the event – take a look!
To find out more about Surfers Against Sewage and get involved in future actions and events, visit their website at sas.org.uk.
The ocean must be integrated into climate action with bold commitments, now. As it stands, the G7 agenda falls short. We urge the G7 leaders to stand up for the ocean and make it a priority, to protect the planet’s life support system.
Hugo Tagholm, CEO of Surfers Against Sewage
'Everyone loves the ocean, we're all connected to the ocean and we want to send a message.' @HugoSAS on why hundreds of people took to the water this morning in Falmouth @itvwestcountry pic.twitter.com/sPZRbrLMdX
— Sam Blackledge (@samblackledge) June 12, 2021
The mass paddle out by @sascampaigns in Falmouth this morning was a sight to behold – such a positive event to make a serious point to the G7 pic.twitter.com/8OeBN7H8aS
— Richard Whitehouse (@rwhitehouse13) June 12, 2021
Quite a sight this. Hundreds of surfers are staging a #SurfersAgainstSewage #G7 Paddle Out Protest off Gyllingvase Beach, Falmouth @sascampaigns #G7Summit2021 pic.twitter.com/k4wHHlj4M2
— Andy Davies (@adavies4) June 12, 2021
Hundreds took to the water yesterday in Falmouth to join a mass paddle out protest staged by @sascampaigns to highlight the ocean and climate emergency during the #G7Summit. #SurfersAgainstSewage #paddle #G7 @CornwallLive pic.twitter.com/ousnqX3tkV
— Greg Martin (@photogregmartin) June 13, 2021
And talking of charismatic creatures of the sea, I’m totally behind @sascampaigns and this fantastic show of strength for Ocean Conservation in Cornwall. The #G7 countries owe it to this Blue Planet to make bold commitments to protect our seas this week.https://t.co/JYl5Lb4QZw
— Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall (@HughFW) June 12, 2021
What an incredible #SurfersAgainstSewage Ocean & Climate Emergency #G7 Paddle Protest! @sascampaigns 🤙💥✊☀️🌊🌱🌏🐋 pic.twitter.com/X3Os5fmgn1
— Hugo Tagholm (@HugoSAS) June 12, 2021