Monday 23 March 2020
Victory for Porto: suspension of Leixões harbour works
Wednesday 18 March 2020
Trumps irish wall rejected : a victory for coastal preservation
Tuesday 17 March 2020
European Green Deal: good first steps but more ambition expected
Friday 13 March 2020
The politic strength of lobbying within Surfrider Europe
Friday 21 February 2020
Chemical pollution of the ocean : the pesticide issue
Wednesday 19 February 2020
When the icecap is melting somewhere, ocean level rises somewhere else
Through the eyes of the Surfrider Coastal Defenders
The coastline is under great pressure due to human activity in the form of chemical or bacteriological pollution, urban and maritime planning. These are all causes that the Coastal Defenders have to face every day. Dealing with these daunting challenges requires an eminent figure. Simon Witt, with its head high [at 1.95 m] and its blue gaze [like the ocean] has become the referent person for the Surfrider Coastal Defenders’ program.
Tell us about yourself
I am above all a passionate surfer, a Member of the International Association of Surfing Scholars, from the Netherlands [yes, it exists] but also a sailor and an environmentalist. I have now migrated to the Basque Country where I can now fully devote myself to one of my ambitions, which is to protect the coasts of our continent.
In what ways are you committed to Surfrider Europe?
What were the highlights of this project?It has been now more than 10 years since the Surfrider Coastal Defenders’ program was launched. To date, there have been more than 80 battles and almost as many wins. Each battle won confirms our actions, just as the decision-makers, the elected officials and the general public, who are more numerous each day. To all of us, we are the strength of this project that has now a great scope. The Coastal Defenders are involved in 9 European countries through 37 local branches. This gives us the opportunity to address all the issues that exist around the continent.
A last word
In 2019, we are ready and determined to win new battles. We are currently involved in several legal actions. They concern the modifications of projects in favor of the environment as solutions to the largest landfill site in France [or even Europe], or a call to action in order to ban oil drilling in Europe. These battles are only possible thanks to the testimonies of private individuals, the support of experts and the commitment of the elected officials. All have, by their actions, decided to become a Coastal Defender.