Marine Activism Training Centre

by Paula Radley in Hatfield, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom

Marine Activism Training Centre

Total raised £660

£253,500 target 15 days left
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Keep what you raise – this project will receive all pledges made by 12th June 2024 at 1:28pm

Buy an electric rhib and other equipment for a Marine Activism Training Centre.

by Paula Radley in Hatfield, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom

Help us set-up a marine activist training centre

We want to buy an electric rigid hulled inflatable boat (RHIB) and set up a training centre to develop a hub for a marine activist network. 

We want to bring groups together for training and skills sharing to help people take non violent direct action (NVDA) on water safely.

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 Why we need your support

It’s vital the environmental movement expands its capabilities for water and sea-based actions. Currently, many water protests either don't happen due to a lack of boats or drivers, or protests happen without safety boats looking after activists.

Huge industrial fishing boats are trawling our waters - including marine protected areas, and ruining jobs for small fishing businesses.  Our rivers are full of sewage and the fossil fuel industry is stoking the fire of the climate emergency.  We want to help groups take to our waters and stop this.

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What’s the plan

The electric boat would be available for use by the wider activist movement to use for water actions, whether it be confronting fishing vessels, plastic pollution or fossil fuels.  

The marine activism training centre will be a Royal Yachting Association recognised training centre set up to teach and certify activists in powerboat driving, as well as other marine skills.  It will be self sustaining with some clients paying for the electric boat hire/training and all profit going back into marine activism.  

It is a huge cost to purchase an electric RHIB, but to have longevity and integrity in taking action against environmentally damaging industries we need to make the centre as environmentally sustainable as possible, with low running costs compared to a fossil fuel boat.  This is a pioneering project that promotes sustainable boating whilst tackling climate, environmental and sociological crimes at sea. 

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Who are we?

This project is founded by Paula Radley, an RYA Advanced Powerboat Instructor. Paula has 7 years of experience of taking water based NVDA and has trained boat teams for other environmental groups. Paula is currently working with marine groups across the UK to develop the training centre.

Please give whatever you can.

A huge thank you!  

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£1,000 or more

£1000 Reward

If we reach enough to buy the boat anyone who has donated £1000+ will be able to have free rent the boat plus driver for 1 day (3 people) and learn to drive a powerboat.

£350 or more

£350 Reward

Powerboat level 2 course

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