Thursday, October 4, 2018

Surfrider Foundation - 500 Victories!

Saving Oceans, Waves and Beaches!

Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

The Surfrider Foundation is riding a wave of success with its 500th victory in its quest to protect the world's oceans, waves and beaches against negative environmental impacts, including pollution, offshore drilling, destruction of natural habitat, and more.

Pete Stauffer, Surfrider's Environmental Director, says,"Since Surfrider was founded on August 22, 1984, we have been known for our special breed of grassroots activism. Our chapters and members work tirelessly to defend our coasts from looming threats like seawalls, oil drilling, and loss of public access."

In Surfrider's latest victory, Washington state adopted a marine spatial plan for its Pacific coast that brings state and federal agencies and tribal governments together to coordinate how the state's marine environment will be utilized and protected. It took people working as a team to bring this about, including a decade of advocacy from Surfrider and other ocean stakeholders.

On the opposite side of the country, Surfrider has achieved numerous victories to protect the Atlantic Ocean from offshore oil drilling - helping to get 120 local government resolutions passed.

And, in a 2016 victory that's close to surfers' hearts, Surfrider organized forces to save the iconic SoCal surf spot Trestles from a six-lane toll road that was scheduled to run through it.

Other victories include stopping a luxury home development in Hawaii that was going to impact Honolua Bay.

Obtaining public beach access in Maine.

Spearheading California's successful Ban the Bag Act to limit single-use plastic bags that pollute our oceans and waterways.

To celebrate these victories...and more in the making, Surfrider revised its logo to emphasize "the wave of impact" that it is having on protecting our waves and coasts.

SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel are excited about Surfrider's success and proud to be part of this grassroots movement. With more than 160 chapters and student clubs nationwide and chapters around the globe, the Surfrider Foundation is proving that volunteer-advocacy is a powerful force for good.

As Surfrider's CEO Dr. Chad Nelsen says, "protecting the environment needs more than science and government – it needs people!" 

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