Sustainable Seas Trust needs your pledge

2011-11-15 00:00

THE public is urged to visit the Jeep Apparel South Coast Surf Carnival, taking place on November 26 and 27 at Scottburgh Beach, where the Sustainable Seas Trust (SST) is colleting pledges to increase its efforts at preserving marine environments.

The SST’s SEA Pledge Coastal Road Tour is rapidly gaining support for its messages of marine conservation and has completed almost half of its journey along South Africa’s coastline.

The campaign, which started in Port Elizabeth on October 12, will see the SST team visit over 20 coastal towns on its way from Sodwana to Saldanha, collecting pledges from people, businesses and institutions who intend to increase their efforts to presere marine environments.

Event organiser Paul Godwin of Nerve Events said, “The SEA pledge team will be making a special trip to the South Coast Surf Carnival and we are stoked to be a part of this marine conservation initiative.”

With the COP17 climate change convention set to take place in Durban from November 28 to December 9, the aim of the SST SEA Pledge Coastal Road Tour is to illustrate to all South Africans the impact that they are having on oceans and the environment.

SST aims to collect pledges from all over South Africa in which people undertake to set and achieve goals that will reduce environmental harm and increase their contribution to the environment.

Said the chief executive officer of SST, Dr Tony Ribbink, “Anyone anywhere can make a SEA pledge, although those most closely associated with the sea, coasts and estuaries should take the lead, and others will follow. There are millions of specialist users of the seas throughout the world who use the seas for recreational, commercial and industrial purposes.

“All have a vested interest and are the obvious first choices for pledges as improving the seas is of direct interest and value to them. From school groups to diving concessions, anglers to surfers, the more people who make SEA Pledges the better.”

To get involved or find out more, visit www.sst.org.za or follow “@SEApledge” on Twitter.

The public is also encouraged to vist the SST and SEA Pledge page on Facebook at facebook.com/seapledge.

The South Coast Surf Carnival, in its ninth year, features kitesurfing, longboarding, stand-up paddling and waveski.

There will also be a free surfing clinic hosted by Shaun Selman.

Support sponsors for the Jeep Apparel South Coast Surf Carnival are Independent on Saturday, Thule, Red Bull Mobile, Phatboyz, Wimpy, Bilt Surfboards, Carling Black Label, Natural Curve Surfboards, Ocean 2 Air Kitesurfing, Maisch Fins, Nestle Pure Life Water, Island Style, Pro Class Wetsuits, Thermo Plastic Concepts & Equipment, Bokomo and MacSki.

— Witness Reporter.

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