- Title: Hundreds of surfers stage paddle-out G7 protest
- Date: 12th June 2021
- Summary: FALMOUTH, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (JUNE 12, 2021) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF HUNDREDS OF PROTESTERS ON SURFBOARDS, PADDLE BOARDS AND KAYAKS IN MASS PADDLE-OUT PROTESTER HOLDING SURFBOARD READING (English): "ACT NOW" PROTESTERS PADDLING ON BOARDS HOLDING PLACARDS PROTESTER WITH SURFBOARD THAT HAS "G7" WRITTEN ON IT PROTESTERS AT SEA PROTESTER ON PADDLE BOARD PROTESTER ON PADDLE BOARD WITH DOG (SOUNDBITE) (English) CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF SURFERS AGAINST SEWAGE, HUGO TAGHOLM, SAYING: "We need to say to the world leaders, to Boris Johnson, put ocean recovery at the heart of climate and biodiversity action." PROTESTERS ON PADDLE BOARDS (SOUNDBITE) (English) CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF SURFERS AGAINST SEWAGE, HUGO TAGHOLM, SAYING: "World leaders are talking about climate change. They're saying the right things, they're making the right sounds, but this is a decade for action. We need to see fast action, we need to see more ambition around delivering that action, and it needs to start today." PROTESTERS AT SEA PROTESTERS WITH PADDLE BOARDS, ONE WITH PLACARD READING (English): "CAN YOU BREATHE WITH JUST ONE LUNG? EVERY SECOND BREATH COMES FROM THE SEA" / ONE WITH DOG AND PLACARD READING (English): "STOP GIVING THE PLANET A RUFF RIDE" PROTESTERS AT SEA CHEERING PROTESTERS ON PADDLE BOARDS / POSTER READING (English): "SAVE OUR SEAS" PROTESTERS ON PADDLE BOARD, SOME DRESSED AS PIRATES PROTESTERS AT SEA VARIOUS OF INFLATABLE SHARK READING (English): "EAT PEOPLE NOT PLASTIC"
- Embargoed: 26th June 2021 12:43
- Keywords: G7 G7 protest Surfers Against Sewage mass paddle-out protest surfers surfers protest
- Location: FALMOUTH, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM
- City: FALMOUTH, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM
- Country: United Kingdom
- Topics: Europe,G7,Government/Politics,Editors' Choice
- Reuters ID: LVA001EH3HWZR
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Hundreds of ocean activists staged a mass paddle-out off the coast of Falmouth on Saturday (June 12), calling on G7 leaders to put ocean health at the heart of the ongoing summit.
Surfers of all ages - some even with their doggy companions - took to the seas with surfboards, paddle boards, kayaks and placards to demand that world leaders acknowledge the ocean's crucial role in tackling the climate crisis and calling for it to be at the forefront of COP26 climate negotiations in November.
Organisers Surfers Against Sewage estimated that some 500 protesters took part.
Leaders from the United States, Japan, Italy, Germany, France and Canada joined British Prime Minister Johnson on Friday (June 11) for the three-day summit in the nearby seaside resort of Carbis Bay.
Their meeting has provided an opportunity for campaign groups to highlight the issues they say the G7 must address.
(Production: Will Russell, Helena Williams)
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