We are incredibly proud to be raising £100,000 for two fantastic charities, we wanted to choose charities with whom we have a relationship and know what a difference the money we raise for them will make. SAS have a large presence in the South West (where Rogue is based), their original is #endsewagepollution lobbies for the government to introduce laws stopping the UK water companies from discharging raw sewage into the water-systems, rivers and seas. In 2020 alone, raw sewage was legally discharged 400,000 times into bathing waters.
Project Seagrass is using pioneering methods to replant the once vast sea meadows around the UK. Seagrass sequesters carbon at a higher rate than terrestrial forests, therefore it is key in fighting climate change. But the viability of the seagrass depends on water quality! The sewage entering the seas around the coastline over-nutrient and suffocate the seagrass.
"In the end, we will conserve only what we love, we will love only what we understand, and we will understand only what we are taught"
Baba Dioum, Sengalese Conservationist
'Our approach is simple, it's all about underwater gardening to collect, separate and plant seeds.'
Project Seagrass is a research led charity devoted to the conservation of seagrass ecosystems through education, influence and action.
PS pioneers new replanting methods that increase the viability of the seedlings.
The project was created with the intention of reversing the loss of seagrass by turning research into effective conservation action and communication through partnerships with local communities and other stakeholders.
A vital part of the marine ecosystem due to their productivity level, seagrass provide food, habitat, and nursery areas for numerous vertebrae and invertebrate species. Seagrass perform number functions; stabilising the sea bottom.
Globally, estimates suggest we lose an area of seagrass around the same size as two football pitches every hour. Protecting what is left is vital.
Rogue's connection to Project Seagrass:
Helping to combat the climate emergency! We are so excited to find out more about seagrass and how we can help the charity by raising awareness and getting stuck in. We are hoping to get out and help replant some seagrass very soon.
Project Seagrass have four key principles:
Educating the wider community on the presence and importance of seagrass ecosystems, the services they provide and current seagrass management issues
Building the capacity of local stakeholders in the use of standardised scientific methodologies
Promoting and assisting with long-term monitoring of seagrass condition
Assisting with scientific research and supporting conservation measures that help facilitate the long-term resilience of seagrass ecosystems
Their mission is to lead societal change to enable recognition, recovery and resilience of seagrass ecosystems globally; that provide biodiversity, equitable and sustainable livelihoods, and planetary life support.
Surfers Against Sewage
Surfers Against Sewage is a marine conservation charity working with communities to protect oceans, waves, beaches and marine life
Rogue's connection to Surfers Against Sewage:
The sea! It's great team is based in the South West (like us gals) and we are forever using their 'Safer Seas' app to check the coast is clear before we go for a dip.
Surfers Against Sewage's main aims are:
SAS began as a single-issue campaign group founded by surfers who were sick of seeing sewage in their seas and on their beaches in the 1980s and 1990s.
Since then 20 staff based in St Agnes HQ have created a grassroots movement of over 300,000 people united to protect our coastlines.
After 98.5% of England’s bathing waters passed the Bathing Water Directive’s minimum standards in 2016, compared with what would have been only 27% in 1990 when SAS started, its mission has progressed.
SAS now focuses on the more complex issues of marine plastic pollution and climate change. The vision is to create plastic-free communities and coastlines with the motto ‘plastic is the new sewage’.
SAS run a number of fantastic fundraising campaigns. It has started a ‘million mile’ beach clean and is supporting local groups to help organise and complete it through beachcleans.org.uk. It is also encouraging ‘mass unwraps’ to tackle plastic pollution.
"Together, we are the voice of the ocean. We create ocean activists everywhere for a thriving ocean and thriving people"