Ben Howard and Surfers Against Sewage hand petition to David Cameron
A St Agnes charity has handed a petition to 10 Downing Street with the help of a double Brit award winner.
Surfers Against Sewage and chart topper, Ben Howard, delivered over 55,000 signatures to David Cameron yesterday.
The Protect Our Waves petition is calling for better protection for the coastal environment and those that use it.
The campaign is hoping to provoke changes in government legislation to better control sewage pollution, marine litter and damaging coastal developments.
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Ben Howard said: "I'm stoked to support the Surfers Against Sewage Protect Our Waves petition. I’ve surfed all over the UK and surf spots are often jewels in the crown of the coasts and should be better protected.
“Why wouldn’t you protect waves and surf spots when they clearly help support so many healthy, vibrant and cool communities around our beautiful coastline.”
A recent economic study has shown that surfing is worth over £1.8 billion to the UK economy.
Hugo Tagholm, Surfers Against Sewage chief executive, said: “We’ve been overwhelmed at the level of support for the Protect Our Waves petition with over 55,000 signatories and the backing of stars including Jack Johnson, Kelly Slater, Gabrielle Aplin and Ben Howard.
“Coupled with the astonishing economic data released today on the value of surfing to the UK, there is a clear case to say that surfing in sewage, walking over tidelines of trash to access a wave or developers damaging waves without consideration is simply just not acceptable.
“We look forward to working with MPs to deliver the solutions to better protecting surf spots for all to use safely and sustainably.”
The study, which was produced by Surfers Against Sewage and economist Dr Mills, also found that the average UK surfer spent £3,624 annually on pursuing the sport, providing Cornwall with an estimated £276 million in revenue.