Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, whose Royal Wedding will take place on May 19, 2018 at Windsor Castle in England, have announced a list of charities they would like their well-wishers to donate to instead of buying gifts. Among the seven charities, the couple has listed the organization Surfers Against Sewage – a national marine conservation and campaigning charity fighting plastic pollution.

“Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle are incredibly grateful for the goodwill shown to them since the announcement of their engagement and are keen that as many people as possible benefit from this generosity of spirit,” says the official Royal Wedding website. The organizations that found their way onto the list were personally selected by the couple and reflect the issues they are passionate about and their shared values. Many of the chosen charities are small groups whose work will receive significant publicity and support thanks to the decision.

As the Surfers Against Sewage team emphasizes, being selected as one of the seven charities is a huge testament and recognition of the volunteers dedicated to the organization and of its supporters “who work tirelessly to protect oceans and beaches for the benefit of everyone.”

“Surfers Against Sewage is thrilled to be one of the charities chosen to benefit from donations marking the wedding of Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle,” said Hugo Tagholm, Chief Executive of Surfers Against Sewage. “Our work as a national marine conservation charity empowers tens of thousands of volunteers annually to protect beaches for everyone. We are currently focused on tackling plastic pollution and this support will help us move towards our vision of Plastic Free Coastlines.”

The charity has shared that the donations it receives will be used to train and equip more regional leaders and volunteers, enable the organization to reach thousands of students through its Plastic Free Schools program, and inspire people, communities, and businesses to go plastic-free through the Plastic Free Communities initiative. You can see a list of the other charities selected here.

It is wonderful to see the Royal couple select a group that is highlighting the issues with our plastic usage and working to find practical solutions. With 8.8 million tons of plastic entering the world’s waterways every year, and countless studies about how plastic particles are invading our tap water and food, it is far past time that we took action against harmful disposable plastics. We certainly hope that the exposure for Surfers Against Sewage helps propel this message forward!

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