In pictures: Surfers take to the sea in G7 paddle-out protest

This year’s G7 summit, hosted by the UK in Carbis Bay, Cornwall, was a hotbed of climate protest. Joining the throng of activists and members of the public calling on world leaders to put climate at the top of their agenda was Cornwall-based charity Surfers Against Sewage. They coordinated a paddle-out protest to highlight the importance of ocean health, drawing hundreds of surfers, swimmers, kayakers and paddle boarders from Cornwall and beyond to Gyllyngvase Beach in Falmouth, where the action took place. We’ve compiled some of the stand-out images from the event – take a look!

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Hugo Tahholm, CEO of SAS, is pictured from the waist up in a wetsuit. He holds a megaphone and speaks through it to assembled protestors on the beach, who can be seen in the background.

Surfers Against Sewage CEO Hugo Tagholm addresses eager paddle-out participants ahead of the event.

The ocean must be integrated into climate action with bold commitments, now. As it stands, the G7 agenda falls short. We urge the G7 leaders to stand up for the ocean and make it a priority, to protect the planet’s life support system.

Hugo Tagholm, CEO of Surfers Against Sewage

Wide-angle shot showing hundreds of people in a blue-grey sea. They have formed a ring, and in the centre of the ring protesters hold a long red banner that reads 'This is an ocean &climate emergency' alongside the SAS logo. Various yachts are dotted in the background.

The paddlers form a ring around a banner reading ‘This is an ocean & climate emergency’.

Aerial view of protesters gathered on Gyllyngvase Beach in Falmouth ahead of the paddle out. A strip of sandy beach takes up the centre of the image, with aquamarine sea to the left and green fields to the right. The beach is very busy, with many people assembled in swimsuits and wetsuits ready for the paddle out.

Paddlers return to the beach following the action.

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