FIN FREE BY 2023
FIN FREE BY 2023
This campaign follows on from our success of officially condemning the sale and distribution of shark fin in Cambridge in 2013; where due to the efforts of our first Fin Fighting community group (Fin Free Cambridge) in 2013 we achieved the miraculous! Cambridge became the UK's first city to officially condemn shark fin. Through lobbying the city council and petitioning the community we were able to secure the first ever backing of a council in the UK to protect sharks....which was HUGE.
Whilst we totally recognise the importance of Fin Free campaigns and fully support encouraging business to stop selling fins (in a respectful way!) Fin Fighters are trying to look at the bigger picture of how we can make the most impact on this issue in the UK as a whole through the cumulative effect of multiple city-wide condemnations.
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Our Fin Fighter city condemnations are NGO co-operative and aim to ensure that the cites at the focus of the campaign are Fin Free through local engagement; lead by volunteers and community members with our support and encouragement. We aim to build these local campaigns into networks - gathering political and public support for a massive country wide campaign asking the government to totally ban the sale and distribution of shark fin in this country in 2023.
With this strategy, the Fin Fighter network works together to build public and political support for a much bigger country wide campaign. (Which we are also considering widening to the EU)
By working on city condemnations led by education and petitioning as well as many other things - not only does this raise awareness and reduce demand on a local level using local initiatives - it also ensures we have the support of constituents and backing of the councils and MP representatives of that city through the signing of a pledge of support.
This is a challenging task - but by building a larger campaign from a network of smaller localised ones; we are working on creating the positive sea-change that we know will really make a difference to this aspect of shark conservation.
In Cambridge we hand collected over 5000 petition signatures from the residents of the city and engaged with the community in many exciting ways - from sharks punting on the river, to leading local radio interviews and press releases, giving lectures in schools and universities and even placing a live action window shark display in the main shopping centre. In the space of 4 months we created the campaign and saw it through to the incredibly successful conclusion.
In Bath we are working with a collation of schools from the Bath and BANES area and the children are creating their own campaign aimed at the future generations of the region. So far we have been working with the children to collect the signatures of their fellow students and have 2000 to date, they have also written and presented talks, held events and questioned the local politicians on the issue.
CAMPAIGNING IN ACTION WORKSHOP:
For the second year in a row Fin Fighters were invited to speak at the 2015 Youth Climate Summit in Bath, we spoke at length about our campaigns and encouraged involvement from the schools in attendance. We worked cooperatively with a group in a workshop on how to put elements of our Fin Fighters Bath campaign in to action!
MP'S SIGNING THE 2023 PLEDGE!!!
Our team of young Fin Fighters asked all the MP candidates present to support the Condemnation in Bath by signing the petition and to pledge their support to our #FF2023 parliamentary campaign.
THIS WAS EPIC!!! By empowering the children to raise their voice and actively engage in politics we made huge strides in one day.
We wanted our campaign to be all inclusive and our work in the city so far has included engaging positively with the businesses selling shark fin, raising awareness through fun and creative events and giving Bristol a voice by collecting signatures for a petition to the council. From live music fundraisers, stand up comedy nights, giant shark puppets and 'sharks' in Bristol harbour we have so far managed to gather great support, assemble a team of amazing volunteers and collect over 3000 signatures and counting! and with so much more planned for 2016 we hope to make this change for a positive future a reality.
Like our previous campaign in Cambridge a motion will be put forward by a councillor along with all of our collected signatures which will create a by-law effectively stopping the sale and distribution of shark fin within the city limits.
Our petition has now been handed into the Bristol council for verifying, we hand collected over 5600 signatures! Lou Ruddell will be presenting the petition to the council in Novembers meeting, we will announce the results soon!
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If you are interested in starting a local Fin Fighter campaign and working with us on this or have any questions please get in touch and together we know we will achieve amazing things! We look forward to hearing from you.