Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel
Even if you weren’t one of the 600 guests invited to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal wedding on May 19th at England’s Windsor Castle you can still join in the festivities by supporting one of the couple’s favorite causes Surfers Against Sewage.
Harry and Meghan, who are both environmentalists, have asked well-wishers to support the England and Wales-based non-profit organization that is committed to cleaning the United Kingdom’s beaches and getting pollution out of the ocean.
Started in 1990, Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) is widely recognized as one of the UK’s leading marine conservation organizations and deals with a wide spectrum of marine conservation issues from marine litter to climate change.
Sick of seeing sewage in the water and on the beach, SAS’s founders were fed up with the pollution that was hurting the ocean sports they loved and anything else that involved the sea.
As a result, SAS became a strong catalyst for change, highlighting the need for investing in sewage infrastructure and much higher water standards, which now protect hundreds of coastal locations throughout the UK. SAS also is working to reduce plastic pollution in the ocean and guard against the effects of climate change.
SAS Science and Policy Manager David Smith says its program, “Plastic Free Coastlines currently has over 150 communities across the UK, as well as some internationally, that are working towards gaining Plastic Free status. The success of the project and the ethos it brings has been vast.”
Working with over 50,000 volunteers each year, the Surfers Against Sewage community of ocean activists organizes beach cleanups and education programs, protects local beaches and gets people on board to reduce single-use plastics usage.
SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel think it’s great that Harry and Meghan are making their special day a special one for the planet, too. In fact, the wedding is taking place on the same day as Endangered Species Day, which highlights the need to protect at risk animals around the world.
That’s definitely something to toast at the royal wedding!
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