Campaigns & Projects

What have we been up to?

Marine Conservation Society – Sea Champions

Building on the fantastic Surfers Against Sewage & Women’s Environment Network’s “Think Before You Flush!” campaign in the 90’s and Marine Conservation Society’s wonderful Bin it, Don’t Flush it! campaign, this campaign aims to bring four village communities together to stop sewage related waste entering the water treatment system at source.  This awareness raising campaign informs the public on what should NOT be flushed down the toilet using clear and simple stickers. Backed up with presentations, school talks, and ground work to get stickers onto toilet lids (or doors) in all local schools, public toilets and food outlets.  It is hoped that this campaign could be rolled out along the south coast by other MCS Sea Champions under the co-ordination of MCS once the format and tools have been tried and tested.

The Deans Beach & Environment Volunteers – Rottingdean, East Sussex, U.K. (2012-present)

With local beaches and nature reserves becoming swamped with litter and dog waste this timely campaign will get village communities together on a regular basis to clean up the mess and send out a strong message to those dropping the litter and leaving the dog waste.  A “poocam” sited on the Whiteway Lane school run is being seriously considered, and monthly beach cleans of the Ovingdean, Rottingdean & Saltdean beaches have been set up (see the facebook page for updates)

Baggy Point Sewage Treatment Plant & Outfall Extention – Croyde Bay, North Devon, U.K. (2001-2003)

2001 – Local campaign to stop NIMBYs from blocking treatment of this community’s sewage which was being pumped straight out to sea in a raw condition.   Tourists were getting sick, the beach had sewage related debris and local residents and local traders wanted action.  The local community had been collecting signatures for their petition for years, but they needed a “co-ordinator” to put all the campaign pieces together.  It just took a little organising to get all the right people together to ensure there was enough political pressure from the “community” to get the right level of treatment offered by South West Water and planning permision for the from North Devon council.  An extended outfall pipe and treatment works in Croyde were fully operational by March 2003.

“This is a significant milestone in the progress of a project which will provide the first ever modern sewage treatment facility for Croyde,” said Andy Hohl, South West Water’s Project Leader. “The system will greatly improve the quality of the local environment while encouraging tourists to visit and boost the local economy”.

For further information please contact Dina Chandler, SWW Communications Officer on 01392 443021.

Published: 30th July 2002

Seas At Risk Federation (The Netherlands 2001-2003)

As Co-ordinator of this international federation of national and international NGOs working on marine environment and biodiversity conservation and protection I continued to increase awareness of sewage related pollution issues outside of the UK

Members: European Environmental Bureau (B), Friends of the Earth International, Marine Conservation Society (UK), Aktionskonferenz Noordsee (D), Bond Beter Leefmilieu (B),

Surfers Against Sewage Ltd. (member 1998-present & Director 2000-2005)

Independent UK environmental organisation focusing on water pollution affecting the health of recreational water users.

The Changing Land of Europe – the first European Conference on Agrigulture & Renewable Energy

EC funded conference drawing together national farmers unions and renewable energy experts to discuss obstacles and potential for collaboration.

Partners: European Commission (EC), Netherlands Agency for Energy & Environment (NOVEM)

Associates: National Farmers Union (NFU)

World Sustainable Energy Trade Fair

International industry trade fair held biannualy in The Netherlands.

Venue: Amsterdam RAI