As the Trump administration works to dismantle the Environmental Protection Agency, cuts funding for clean air and water programs, and removes restrictions on corporate pollution, there’s never been a more important time to support The Surfrider Foundation and other ocean advocates.

 

“Surfrider has built a network of coastal defenders who transform their passion for our coasts into lasting protection. Bridging local knowledge with national experts in law, policy and science, our formula for success — both the playbook and the team — produces victories for our beaches year after year. Over the last three decades we have a track record of more than 350 victories (since we started counting in 2006!).”

When we see what we love in trouble, we act. And we win.

There are dozens of ways to get involved with Surfrider, from beach cleanups to emailing your local representatives when calls to action are requested. They need volunteers for programs, admin staff, social media managers, and people to show up at City Council meetings.

 

Consider an program that might include your interests:

 

The Ocean Friendly Gardens program (OFG) sees landscapes and streets as solutions to water pollution – and more. OFG standards use this simple approach everywhere possible: contouring landscapes for rainwater retention; creating living soil to sponge up water, filter pollution and sequester carbon; and installing climate-appropriate plants to create wildlife habitat and a sense of place.

 

 

 

The Blue Water Task Force (BWTF) is the Surfrider Foundation’s volunteer-run, water testing, education and advocacy program.  Our chapters use this program to alert citizens and officials in their communities about water quality problems and to work toward solutions. The BWTF has demonstrated success by identifying problems with beach and coastal water pollution, raising public awareness of these incidents and working collaboratively with local stakeholders to find and implement pollution solutions.

 

Rise Above Plastics is designed to eliminate the impacts of plastics in the marine environment by raising awareness about the dangers of plastic pollution and by advocating for a reduction of single-use plastics and the recycling of all plastics.

 

Find your local chapter at Surfrider.org and follow them on social media for opportunities to participate and local events.

 

#LongLiveTheBeach