Protesters who took to the water in England for a marine protest have said, G7 leaders
need to take “radical action” to save the world’s seas.
According to organizers Surfers Against Sewage, more than 1,000 people joined the
demonstration on the sea at Gyllyngvase Beach near Falmouth, less than an hour’s drive
from Carbis Bay where the G7 summit is being held in Cornwall.
Surfers, kayakers, and swimmers gathered in the sea carrying placards calling on world
leaders to “save our seas”, while a giant inflatable shark even joined the display
Hugo Tagholm, chief executive of Surfers Against Sewage, told the PA news agency:
“We’ve seen in the pandemic that they can mobilize huge amounts of money and
collaborate to create vaccines in just a year.
“But they need to act with the same urgency for nature, biodiversity, and ecological
crisis, “Now’s the time for radical action – business as usual is killing planet ocean.”
Mr. Tagholm, from Truro in Cornwall, said the support at Gyllyngvase Beach shows “how
much love there is” for the ocean and the fight against ecological decline.
The 46-year-old said governments need to act by protecting 30 percent of the world’s
oceans by 2030, cut plastic waste and put a halt to the damage caused by the fishing industry.
“There have been positive announcements from the [UK] government this week on the
piloting of highly protected marine areas in a small number of zones – but we need this
to go faster,” he added.
Joe Turnbull, from Falmouth, joined the protest and said there was an “amazing and
“Living in Cornwall I always feel acutely aware of the environment all around us,” the 28-