In celebration of Earth Day, the World Surf League (WSL) announces WILDOCEANS, a programme of the WILDTRUST, as one of the five recipients of the inaugural WSL PURE (the WSL’s non-profit) grant program, which has been awarded to organizations in key WSL regions whose work is in support of We Are One Ocean, WSL’s campaign to protect and conserve the global ocean.
WILDTRUST is a non-profit environmental organisation working towards a more resilient future in 40-plus communities in South Africa, Tanzania, and Comoros. It works “for the WILD”, creating opportunities to empower and restore social-ecological resilience and the balance between humankind and nature, for a just and healthy planet.
WILDOCEANS, the marine arm of the Trust, in partnership with Youth4MPAs, an active youth movement with the vision of generating awareness about ocean protection, plan to use the grant to run a virtual African Ocean Youth Summit. The Summit will engage African youth change-makers in the field of marine protection, discuss innovative solutions to current ocean related challenges, and the importance of protecting and conserving the ocean around Africa.
“As we pursue the protection of Africa’s oceans and pave the way for young change-makers, Youth4MPAs South Africa are proud to be a part of the World Surf League’s PURE Grant Program,” said Merrisa Naidoo, Youth4MPAs spokesperson. “As an active youth movement, with the vision of generating youth voices that educate and create awareness about ocean health, protection, and sustainability – we are inspired to forge an African network of young people that take charge in shaping the future of our oceans.”
The African Youth Summit is set to take place on 19 and 20 August 2021, reaching at least 500 youth across the African continent. The goal of this virtual session is to build ownership and stewardship of the global ocean conservation agenda among African youth. In addition the Summit hopes to facilitate meaningful conversations with local communities, to build mutually beneficial relationships between marine ecosystems and individuals whose livelihoods have been dependent on these resources and provide a platform for cross collaboration across sectors, both formal and traditional.
WILDOCEANS Project Manager, Rachel Kramer, said: “Young people represent the largest population group on the African continent. The youth have the potential to become a formidable force if they are equipped with the tools to engage in the ocean conservation conversation. We believe that engaging youth fulfils their right to participation and ensures the continued survival of Africa’s magnificent marine biodiversity and the ecosystem services the ocean provides. This is the ocean they will ultimately inherit – we all need to do our part in better-protecting it.”
“The WSL PURE grant program is really important to us because it allows us to deepen our connection to those communities where the WSL holds events across the world,” said Emily Hofer, Executive Director of WSL PURE. “We are thrilled to partner with and support the incredible work of these five organizations as our inaugural grantees. We are committed to working at both the global and grassroots level to protect and conserve the global ocean and, in particular, investing in youth as stewards of the global ocean.”
This Earth Day, and throughout this season, the WSL is striving to preserve the future of our sport with the We Are One Ocean petition. The WSL is calling on world leaders at the 2021 UN Convention on Biological Diversity to protect and conserve at least 30% of the global ocean by 2030, including global waters. The WSL urges world leaders to be led by science and an inclusive process that embraces all stakeholder communities and considers the ocean’s value to the peoples of every nation.
The WSL encourages ocean lovers around the world to celebrate Earth Day by learning more and signing the petition at weareoneocean.org.
We Are One Ocean is supported by Shiseido, Gillette Venus as part of their ongoing commitment to using fewer resources by 2030, the all-new Jeep 4xe hybrid electric vehicle, and Chamisal Vineyards.
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About the WSL
Established in 1976, the World Surf League (WSL) is the home of the world’s best surfing. A global sports, media and entertainment company, the WSL oversees international tours and competitions, a studios division creating over 500+ hours of live and on-demand content, and via affiliate WaveCo, the home of the world’s largest high performance, human-made wave. Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, the WSL has regional offices in North America, Latin America, Asia Pacific, and EMEA.
The WSL annually crowns the men’s and women’s surfing World Champions. The global Tours and Competition division oversees and operates more than 180 global contests each year across the Championship Tour, the development tiers, including the Challenger, Qualifying and Junior Series, as well as longboard and big wave properties.
Launched in 2019, WSL Studios is an independent producer of unscripted television projects, including documentaries and series, which provide unprecedented access to athletes, events, and locations around the world. WSL events and content are distributed on linear television in over 743M+ homes worldwide and across digital and social media platforms around the world, including WorldSurfLeague.com.
WaveCo includes the Surf Ranch Lemoore facility and the utilizing and licensing of the Kelly Slater Wave System.
The WSL is dedicated to changing the world through the inspirational power of surfing by creating authentic events, experiences, and storytelling to inspire a growing, global community to live with purpose, originality, and stoke.
For more information, please visit WorldSurfLeague.com.
About WSL PURE
PURE stands for Protecting, Understanding, and Respecting the Environment, and is the non-profit of the WSL. Founded in 2016, WSL PURE is on a mission to inspire, educate, and empower ocean protection, starting with the global surf community. WSL PURE is specifically focused on addressing the climate crisis, marine plastic pollution, and ocean health.
PURE leverages the WSL’s incredible platform to shine a light on the people making a difference — environmentalists, athletes, advocacy organizations, communities, individuals — and collaborates with world-class, non-profit partners.
For more information, please visit wslpure.org.