Here we go. Its time to hand over the torch to the next Soul Surfer to inspire others to be the change and take on the fight of protecting this crazy beautiful world we live in.
Lets start by giving you a quick synopsis.
Just under a year ago Surfers Pledge was created. It was inspired by the need to do something rather than nothing in return to the ocean that gives us so much. And this is the basis of the Soul Surfer* award I received at last year’s SA Champs. Little did I know that that moment was the change the rest of my life.
It was while participating in a national surfing event that my eyes were opened to the plight of plastic in our oceans. Daily, a truck would deliver hundreds of pesky little plastic bottles, ironically to a crowd that was wet and wild with ocean passion. Considering that a million plastic bottles are sold world-wide every minute, that is the day I pledged never to use plastic bottle again.
But it didn’t stop there. The light had forever more been switched on to my enormous appetite for everything plastic and how my seemingly innocent, daily choices were suffocating our precious ocean. It terrified me to think that by 2050 there would be more plastic in the oceans than fish. Little by little, day by day, I pledged to do something and what started out as one small pledge set me out onto my journey toward single-use plastic-free living and the realization of the power that lies in a PLEDGE.
Realising that ocean plastic is a global problem, we have rebranded to Ocean Pledge to incite positive ocean change on a larger scale. Decades of ocean exploitation is compromising the delicate eco-systems that are vital to the earth’s balance and our ability to exist. And things are quickly changing for the worse. We will have to act, together, FAST!
Thanks to #faitfultonature for their sponsorship in creating more ocean ambassadors. Check out the board being shapped and how this all began at:
You can also follow the twitter Handel #FTNTakeThePlunge
Looking forward to getting all the applicants and working with the successful Soul Surfer.
Check the board being shaped for Soul Surfer
Oh and don’t forget to visit us on www.oceanpledge.org!