This week's featured organization is the Surfrider Foundation. Surfrider is a community of everyday people passionately dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of our world's ocean, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network.
Surfrider started over 30 years ago as a group of surfers that came together to protect Malibu from overdevelopment and pollution. They wanted to protect what they loved, so they organized a group to protest the threats to their local surf break.
Today, the Surfrider Foundation stands for protecting every beach and every ocean, and you don't have to be a surfer to join.
Surfrider Foundation now has over 600,000 members in the USA; in addition, International Surfrider Foundation chapters and affiliates have been established in many foreign countries including the Surfrider Foundation Europe (with ongoing programs and Chapters in France, Germany, Spain, Portugal and Italy) as well as Japan, Brazil, and Australia.
With the slackening of EPA rules ever since Scott Pruitt was appointed administrator, and now the proposed budget cuts that could gut the agency, the environment needs everyday citizens to step up like never before.
The strength of Surfrider is in their network of local chapters that serve as first responders in coastal communities. Local chapters put together events like beach clean-ups, but they also test ocean waters year-round and educate the public about their local water quality.
Through collaboration at the regional and national level, they act on campaigns about:
- Beach Access
- Coastal Preservation
- Clean Water
- Ocean Protection
- Plastic Pollution
Click here to find out more about Surfrider's many national and international campaigns.
Surfrider also has a network of youth chapters that work through school clubs and projects to teach kids about issues affecting our waterways and coastlines, and to help them construct collaborative solutions.
To find out how you can help Surfrider protect the ocean, waves and beaches that belong to all of us, visit them at:
To keep up with the latest news on their campaigns and issues they're focusing on, follow their blog at:
And finally, if you're interested in finding other organizations working to protect our environment, visit this page on ProgressiveGiving.com: