- 23 January 2011 | Environment
A hotel made of trash collected in the beaches of Europe has been built and installed by the prestigious artist HA Schult, in the central Callao Square, in Madrid, Spain. The "Corona Extra Save the Beach Hotel" is built with twelve tons of trash and offer visitors an experience with a strong environmental commitment.
HA Schult is famous for his work "Trash Men", a piece that is composed of thousands of life-sized human figures completely made of trash. This pioneering project wants to make people aware of the need to take care of the beaches of Europe. Anyone can bring up a case of a beach in a bad shape and upload a video or a photo on the web page. Helena Christense, top model, has slept in the iconic hotel.
A voting is carried out each year among all the cases received to choose the beach that needs it the most. In 2010, Corona Extra cleaned, with the help of volunteers, the Bay of Portmán beach, in Murcia, and in 2009, the beach selected by the Internet users was Capocotta, very close to Rome.
- 22 December 2010 | Environment
Mother Nature has been warning us for quite a while. World beaches are eroding very quickly and structural measures are still to be taken.
Meanwhile, in Folly Beach, USA, the local authorities are asking for federal money in order to initiate beach renourishment projects.
Interestingly, the pledge of aid come only five years after a $12 million project moved millions of tons of sand onto Folly Beach. Tropical storms, winds and swells are destroying the beautiful beaches of the region of Charleston.
Nearly one-third of the 5-mile beach has lost enough sand to meet the federal requirement for needing renourishment, which is that 60 feet or less of beach remains at high tide.
The question is: how long will last the next improvement measures?
- 11 December 2010 | Environment
The Surfrider Foundation is celebrating a very important number for all surfers and world citizens. The organization has conquered 150 coastal victories, since 2006.
The last victory was Barack Obama's decision to place a 7-year ban on new offshore drilling in the continental United States. In four years, Surfrider and its volunteers have given up countless hours of their time to help protect our beaches and coastlines for the benefit of everyone, everywhere.
The environment and the oceans need a helping hand from everyone. Here are some highlights of the 150 victories won for your coast:
* Established a fee on single use plastic bags in Washington D.C.
* Created a marine reserve at Tres Palmas, Puerto Rico.
* Overturned a longtime surfing ban in Chicago.
* Secured regulations and commitments from local municipalities to improve water quality at Oregon's Nye Beach.
* Stopped an environmentally damaging toll road project at Trestles beach in Southern California.
Congratulations to the Surfrider Foundation and keep up the good work.