LONDON SURFER TO ARRIVE IN ST AGNES AFTER 400 MILE CYCLE RIDE CAMPAIGNING ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE
Hugo Tagholm, a Director of clean water campaigners Surfers Against Sewage
(SAS), will arrive in St Agnes today (4/8/06) after cycling 400 miles from his
home in London to Cornwall to help campaign and raise awareness of the
urgent need to combat climate change.
PHOTOCALL: At 11:30am on Friday 4th August cyclist Hugo will ride up to the
offices of Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) at Wheal Kitty Workshops, St Agnes,
Cornwall, TR5 0RD.
Hugo Tagholm says: “The sea and surfing play a big part in my life. This
summer, as part of my commitment to their campaigns, I wanted to ride my
bike 400 miles from London to St Agnes in Cornwall, where SAS are based.
This is particularly to raise money and awareness for their climate change
campaign which calls for carbon dioxide emissions to be reduced and for
cleaner, safer energy options such as marine renewables to be adopted”.
Hugo set off from Westminster at 7am on last Friday 28th July and has
cpmpleted the following schedule:
· Westminster to Henley
· Henley to Marborough
· Marlborough to Glastonbury
· Glastonbury to South Molton
· South Molton to Bude
· Bude to Newquay
· Newquay to St Agnes
SAS believe that climate change poses a major threat to recreational water
users, the marine environment, and the planet as a whole. SAS agrees with
the majority of the scientific community that action needs to be taken now
to combat climate change.
Predicted increases in rain intensity are expected to increase the frequency
at which storm sewer overflows operate, resulting in a decrease of coastal
water quality in many areas. Widespread flooding is also likely to result in
the mobilisation of land based pollution into the marine environment. Sea
level rise will alter the shoreline (and consequently surf breaks) in many
ways. This may result in some breaks being lost.
In addition to raising core funds and awareness for SAS campaigns, Hugo
hopes that his actions will inspire one or two people to make some energy
There are many simple and positive steps we can all take to help reduce the
speed of the damage that’s being caused. These include switching to a green
energy supplier (www.ecotricity.org), not leaving your TV on standby,
thinking about the air miles your food is doing (and the air miles you’re
doing for that matter!), recycling more, cycling to work. All of these can
make radical savings on the energy you use and reduce the emission of
greenhouse gasses that contribute to global warming.