Press Release: J Bay Nuclear Plant

Press Release: J Bay Nuclear Plant

For Immediate Release


Jeffereys Bay Nuke Campaign

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“Surfing for Change: J Bay Nuclear Plant” is a new short film exploring the dangers of a planned nuclear power plant in the pristine shores of Jeffrey’s Bay, South Africa. Made by youth environmental activist, pro-surfer and filmmaker Kyle Thiermann, the film calls attention to the potential for environmental disaster if Eskom, South Africa’s national power company, locates the nuclear plant in the waters of one of the most famous surfing destinations in the world.


Featuring interviews with renowned environmental leader Van Jones, 11-time Surfing World champion Kelly Slater, documentarian Foster Gamble and local surfing activists, the film calls attention to the inherent dangers of nuclear power in the wake of the March 2011 Fukushima Daiichi disaster — the largest nuclear failure since the 1986 Chernobyl meltdown.


Underscoring deep concerns about what’s at stake, the film also offers a personal perspective from Takayuki Wakita, a Japanese surfer whose family lived 100 kilometers from the meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear power plant and now resides in J Bay.


“Surfing for Change: J-Bay Nuclear Plant” available for free through viral web outlets like YouTube, challenges young people to take action and use social media channels to support global opposition to the power plant, encourage exploration of alternative energy sources and points to decisions made by leading European countries to abandon nuclear power plants —Germany will end its nuclear power plant usage in ten years.


Thiermann hopes the film will aid the efforts of local residents who are fighting against a billion dollar initiative that promises employment opportunities in the short term; but risks future environmental catastrophe. “I met amazing people working to stop the plant from being built,” he said. “If it is built, the landscape would be transformed with the building of a power plant. And, the lives of these residents will also be transformed. And not for the good.”


“Surfing for Change” film series shows people who don’t consider themselves activists how to adjust simple daily actions to strengthen their local communities and protect the environment. His film Claim Your Change detailed how money kept in multinational banks is used to finance destructive projects worldwide. It inspired people to move hundreds of million of dollars of lending power into local banks and credit unions. Since then, he has made movies ranging from the importance of shopping locally to following a plastic bag to Hawaii.  Kyle has surfed his way across Indonesia, Chile, Peru, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Mexico, Sri Lanka, Australia, Hawaii and throughout the US. For more information visit


Kyle's movie is in a big film contest. Please VOTE for it!

Is your plastic bottle getting a massage in some far away fantasy land after you use it? Or is it more likely face down in a river like this? Hey, at least it gets to go surfing around the world as soon as it reaches it's next destination. Sweeeeet! Sorry for sounding like a downer, I just had to do some venting this morning.

Got to talk with some smart kids at PCS school today

I just make a new Surfing For Change Facebook page. I hope you "Like" it.

Shot by Mike Healey

Shot by Mike Healey

I got to interview informed musician- Jack Johnson today for my movie!

Interview with

Ping Pong has everything to do with local banking!

Check it Here!

Van Jones on Plastic. Rad presentation!

Youth TV

2010 Peter Benchley Blue Vision Youth Award

Movie Screening at Cal Academy of Sciences- Surfing Night Life

Santiago Times Article (Click photo for link)

Talked to the smartest kids at West Lake elementary today!

American Express Encourages Shopping Locally

Planet Green Discovery Channel (Click on Photo for link)

Great new Good Times Article on my Project (Click photo for link)

One of the biggest shopping weeks in America is this week! What! Post a comment if you went, or are planning to buy from a local biz!

OceanGybe- A cool org. What do you think?

OceanGybe is a global sailing expedition to explore the remote coastlines of the world, searching to adventure, garbage and waves. The goal of the OceanGybe Expedition is to bring awareness to the vast tracts of undocumented ocean pollution that afflicts every coastline on earth and affects the peoples who depend on them for survival. Over the past three years, Bryson Robertson, Hugh Patterson and Ryan Robertson have sailed around the world documenting the polluted state of our oceans and isolated beaches due to plastic and other detritus. They have scored all sorts waves on uninhabited islands in all worlds oceans, but have also grovelled through some of the most polluted beachbreaks in the world. They have sailed some 70 000 oceans kms, visited almost 37 countries, and have crossed all of the 3 oceans. Along the way, they stop in all the small coastal towns and chat to the students at the local schools about plastic and their detrimental effects on the marine environment.

Talked in the journalism class at my old high school today

Share my new flick and support keeping money local this holiday season. Thanks!

Pretty rad work they're doing!

I get to speak at this Youth Summit next March. Amping!

Spoke at Bioneers yesterday!