How we engage with and understand our environment is a hugely complex process. We all understand the world differently, drawing on our personal experiences and preferences. The way we behave towards the environment is equally complex, simply understanding something and even caring about something does not necessarily translate into positive action. And even if it does, so many things take priority in our lives, family, finances concerns about the future that perhaps stop us acting in a way that goes beyond immediate concerns.
But what if you spend a lot of your time doing something, or thinking about something that innately connects you to nature, immerses you in it and becomes a lens through which you understand the world around you- what then? I don’t know about you but for me surfing is something that does just that, and in that respect it is quite unique. Is it therefore possible that surfers can lead the way and inform broader society on issues relating to sustainability and climate change? That question has formed the basis of my research for over five years. But as always what is needed to explore these issues is data that is capable of moving past the anecdotal rhetoric and asking pertinent and informed questions. And to that end I’ve teamed up with Sustainable Surf and the SCRIPPS Institute of Oceanography to ask those questions through the Deep Blue Survey. Initial results will be discussed in my forthcoming book Surfing and Sustainability due to be published early next year.
The survey will take less than five minutes to complete and, whilst contributing to a greater understanding of the issues and an opportunity to help save the world should of course be reward enough, by completing the survey you will also have the opportunity to win a Slater designs ECOBOARD. Unfortunately I’m not allowed to win it !
For more information and to take the survey http://sustainablesurf.org/deep-blue-survey/