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Activist surfs Europe on mushrooms

Words by Abi Scaife

A Dutch anti-plastics activist is surfing from Oslo to London on a windsurf board made from mushrooms and recycled plastic waste.

Okay - but why?

The surfer in question is environmental activist Merijn Tinga, who is known as the ‘Plastic Soup Surfer’ in the Netherlands.

It’s all about raising awareness of the plastic currently polluting our oceans - and urging Britain to act quickly in introducing a deposit system on plastic bottles.

Merjin has undertaken many a surfing challenge before in the name of climate activism, but this will be his most challenging yet, with an 1800km windsurf that he hopes to complete within 30 days.

Charity check-in 

At Smiley Movement, we like to elevate the work of charities across the world. Here are three charities whose causes align with the themes in this article.

Blue Marine Foundation. A charity dedicated to restoring the ocean to health by addressing overfishing, one of the world's biggest environmental problems. Support them here.

The Ocean Conservation Trust. A charity of Ocean optimists taking action to protect and restore nature for a thriving Ocean. Find out more here.

Marine Conservation Society. This charity is fighting for a cleaner, better protected, healthier ocean: one we can all enjoy. Learn more here.

This article aligns with the UN SDG Climate Action.

This article aligns with the following UN SDGs

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