Clean The Wave #COP21
France will be presiding at the Paris conference ’Climate 2015’, that will take place in France at the Bourget, from November 30th to December 11th 2015. To show the support of the Bay area French community, the French consulate has co-organized CLEAN THE WAVE with Sea, Surf & Fun surf school and Surfrider Foundation SF chapter, on May 30th at Baker Beach. During this beach clean-up, 100 volunteers picked up more than 120 pounds of trash and 45 pounds of recycling.
France will be presiding at the Paris conference « Climate 2015 », that will take place in France at the Bourget, from November 30th to December 11th 2015. This conference has a crucial deadline: it must result in a new international agreement on climate change, with as it’s goal limiting global warming to below 2 degrees °C.
France is very committed to the fight against climate change... The protection of the environment and the battle against global warming constitute a cause which the French community living in Northern California are very aware.
Members of this community have offered to get together Saturday May 30th on the famous beach of San Francisco, Baker Beach, to participate in cleaning the beach.
Founded in 1984 by a handful of visionary surfers in Malibu, California, the Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit grassroots organization that now maintains over 50,000 members and 80 chapters worldwide. Surfrider’s mission is the protection and enjoyment of oceans, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network.
Surfrider San Francisco
The San Francisco chapter of the Surfrider Foundation consists of over 1,200 members throughout the Bay Area. They are surfers, windsurfers, dog walkers, environmentalists, fishermen and more. Many members of Surfrider are organized into sub-committees; many are involved with other organizations; and many act on their own when they find the time.
Surfrider recognizes the biodiversity and ecological integrity of the planet’s coasts are necessary and irreplaceable. The foundation is committed to preserving natural living and non-living diversity and ecological integrity of the coastal environment. Surfrider seeks to develop and utilize educational materials that are informative, factual, proactive, synergistic and fun.
The « Sea, Surf & Fun » school has been created 3 years ago by Fabien Franch, an experienced french surfer who moved to San Francisco from Paris. The activity started among the Bay-Area French community but the word was spread rapidly and now the school has American clients, locals and tourists, adults and teens.
Surf lessons are in the pristine location of Half Moon Bay, a thirty minutes drive from San Francisco in a quiet, uncrowded spot perfect for beginners. Sea, Surf & Fun developed new options such as surf camps, girls sessions or kids camps. The school spends tremendous efforts to keep it small, personal and passionate.
As surfers and teachers, being eco conscious is not a priority for Sea, Surf & Fun, it’s a responsibility. They use the ocean and the coast as a playground. They organize beach clean-ups and talk about the environment during kids camps and all year round they make sure they blend into their environment and encourage Sea, Surf & Fun students to do so.
BLEEN Photography is a nomad photo service, launched in 2015 by Claire Saccoccini, specialized in surf & coastal photography. BLEEN eye on Environment is a powerful way to shed light on the beauty of Californian coast and hopefully encourage people to treasure it.
France will be hosting and presiding the 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21/CMP11, otherwise known as “Paris 2015”) from November 30th to December 11th, in Paris.
The December 2015 Conference will be one of the biggest international climate
conferences ever. The stakes are high... The Paris 2015 Conference needs to result in the adoption of an international agreement, setting the framework for a transition towards resilient, low-carbon societies and economies.
Paris 2015 aim is keeping global warming below 2°C.
France will be playing a leading international role to ensure points of view converge and to facilitate the search for consensus by the United Nations, as well as within the European Union, which has a major role in climate negotiations.
France also promotes an “Agenda of Solutions”.
The “ Agenda of Solutions ” represents the initiatives aimed at supplementing the international agreement expected in Paris, bringing together governments and non-State players to support and amplify the commitments of countries in reducing their greenhouse gas emissions, adapting to the impacts of climate disruption and funding those efforts.
The “Agenda of Solutions” is an approach to the climate challenge from the solution- sharing rather than burden-sharing standpoint, but also a set of tangible initiatives and a demonstration of what is feasible by pioneers, encouraging all stakeholders to take action, share best practices and knowledge around low-carbon solutions, and contribute to the resilience of economies and the development of structuring projects.