This year, EUSC will be participating in The Green Blue Sustainability Challenge for the second time. As sailors, we know that the sport can be damaging to the environment, impacting negatively upon ecosystems through spreading non-native species, disrupting natural habitats and wildlife, and what we leave behind (like litter and fuel spillages). We aim to limit the club’s impact on the environment, and also to increase awareness about the effect our own actions have on our surroundings.
The Green Blue was founded in 2005 by the RYA and British Marine in order to promote sustainable boating and watersports practice, and to increase awareness of environmental issues. The challenge we are taking part in is a joint venture with the British University Sailing Association, aimed at helping university sailing clubs implement sustainable practices in their club activities.
We will be undertaking some of the following actions in order to ensure that our sailing is as sustainable as possible:
• Tackling littering and reducing our own waste at sailing sessions and events by using reusable water bottles and recycling;
• Promoting the Clean, Check, Dry process to prevent the cross-contamination of invasive non-native species via boats and kit;
• Protecting wildlife and their habitats by ensuring we keep the areas we sail in clear of litter, and by disposing of it properly;
• Tackling oil spills by ensuring that spill kits and instructions on how to use them are available at our sessions;
• Promoting general awareness of sustainability in sailing through our website, social media and sustainability resources at the club.
For more information on the challenge and how you can do your bit to promote sustainability in watersports, see The Green Blue’s website: http://thegreenblue.org.uk.
Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter (@EUSailingClub) and like our Facebook page to see our progress in The Green Blue Sustainability Challenge!