“Our ocean, waves and beaches belong to all of us and it is our job to protect them.” This is the viewpoint of the Surfrider Foundation. The ocean is under constant attack from threats like pollution, offshore development and climate change. These threats significantly degrade the health of the ocean, and must be combated.
According to the Surfrider Foundation, 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic can be found floating in the ocean, weighing over 250,000 tons. Roughly 9,800 spills of crude oil and petrochemicals have entered the Gulf alone since 2010. And there have been over 20,000 beach closures and advisories in the U.S. annually.
The Surfrider Foundation is dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s ocean, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network. The key to their success as an organization is in their business model: Surfrider pairs local knowledge with national experts in law, policy and science to effect change along the coasts.
Plastic pollution from our grocery bags, water bottles and other waste start out on our beaches, streets and sidewalks. After heavy rainfall, they make their way to the ocean through storm drains or streams and rivers that lead directly to the ocean. Once there, they degrade into smaller pieces that marine life often mistakes for food, sometimes with fatal consequences.
There are many ways to help save the ocean from these daily threats. Take action by contacting your elected officials and expressing your concern, become a volunteer or donate to the cause at https://www.surfrider.org/support-surfrider.