Surfers for Climate’s Jack McCoy and Belinda Baggs – and Beatle Paul no less! Photos: John Ogden & Jarrah Lynch for Surfers for Climate
Belinda surfing in a frame grab from “Wine Dark Open Sea” - courtesy surfersforclimate.org.au
Jack filming “Blue Sway”, the collaboration with McCartney from a few years back. Photo: Tim McKenna for Surfers for Climate
11 November 20
"Often we can feel a bit helpless to engage in climate action. With that in mind we created Surfers For Climate." Legendary musician Paul McCartney has teamed up with new climate change organisation, Surfers For Climate for the world exclusive music video premiere for Wine Dark Open Sea on Thursday, November 5 on Epicentre.tv.
McCartney’s love of the ocean led him to collaborate with award-winning surfing filmmaker, Jack McCoy for the second time following the release of the video for Blue Sway, which won ‘Best Music Video awards’ at major film festivals around the world.
“I’m thrilled to support Surfers For Climate. Their work is something that really appeals to me as we all have a responsibility to do our bit and this is a great way to bring people together with a shared passion for the seas and oceans from all around the world for positive climate action,” says McCartney.
“It’s an honour to again work with the most influential artist in the modern world and to have him support such a great cause to raise awareness on the importance of acting now in the fight against climate change. It is our duty to protect our environment and limit the impact we make as humans,” says McCoy.
The video features former champion surfer and Surfers For Climate co-founder, Belinda Baggs.
McCoy says the video takes viewerson a journey and appeals for them to open up their hearts to the ocean.
“I love the video that my friend and surf filmmaker, Jack McCoy has created for this. The striking footage of pro longboarder, Belinda Baggs and her dance on water is a powerful reminder of how incredible our oceans are and that they need our help to protect them and preserve their wonder for generations to come,” says McCartney.
“Every time I watch the video I get goosebumps, we believe people will connect with the video to make a conscious effort to support our fight against climate change,” says Baggs.
“For surfers, the ocean is life. Climate change, fuelled by fossil fuels, threatens everyone’s way of life. Our goal is simple, we want to pass on a healthy ocean to the generations to come.”
The video will premiere exclusively on Epicentre.tv on Thursday, November 5 at 7pm AEDT.
If you can’t watch the premiere, the video will be available to view On Demand exclusively on the Epicentre.tv platform for three months.
Viewers can view the premiere for a $5 donation that will go towards supporting two of their partner organisations, Surfrider Foundation Australia and Seed Mob.
For further information head to: www.surfersforclimate.org.au
Further media: Kate Davies on 0419 723 196 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Belinda and Jack are also available for interviews to personally share the stoke and aloha of the SFC Launch.
Belinda Baggs: email@example.com
Jack McCoy: firstname.lastname@example.org
ABOUT SURFERS FOR CLIMATE:
Surfers for Climate aims to:
Provide tools and ideas for surfers to reduce their own emissions and restore local ecosystems.
Create a hub to discuss coastal threats and generate solutions.
Stand against new coal, oil and gas developments as well as single use plastic.
Climate change threatens the reefs, beaches, coastlines and marine environments surfers cherish. Warming oceans, sea level rise, storm surges, coastal erosion and ocean acidification are just some of the threats climate change poses to the surfing way of life.
“For surfers, the ocean is life. Climate change, fuelled by the burning of fossil fuels like coal and gas, threatens everyone’s way of life. For the surfing community, this is a red alert. Everything we love is under threat,” says Belinda Baggs, co-founder of Surfers for Climate. “Our demand is simple, we want to pass on a healthy ocean to our kids.”
Surfers for Climate draws guidance from First Nations’ people, the true locals, with their inter- generational wisdom and connection to country and the natural elements.
“The connection between First Nations people and the land is based on respect: while the land provides for us, for our people, we manage and sustain the land" says Lara Went, Worimi woman and Surfers for Climate board member.
Surfers for Climate is an Australian-based registered charity fostering a broad alliance with climate scientists, campaigners, surfing communities around the world and other environmental groups including Climate Council, Surfrider Australia, Seed, Sea Trees, Sea Shepherd, Surfers Against Sewage and Plastic Pollution Coalition.