The Surfrider Foundation is dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s ocean, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network.
Beach access is just as much in danger as our public lands and wilderness areas. This organization has worked for keeping access for everyone, not just those who can afford to buy beach access.
They have chapters throughout the US on the East and West coasts as well as the South and North coasts.
Areas of Advocacy:
Beach Access: Our beaches are the entryway to our ocean and we believe that beaches should be accessible to everyone. This is why our network of staff experts, volunteers, and members are determined to keep our beaches accessible for all to enjoy.
Clean Water: Everyone should have access to clean water to surf, swim and play in. The Surfrider Foundation is taking a multi-tiered approach to tackle ocean pollution problems. We are testing the waters for bacteria and toxins, raising public awareness and finding real solutions to ocean pollution; solutions that restore healthy watersheds, protect local water supplies and keep pollution from reaching the ocean.
Coastal Preservation: Beaches are a unique and dynamic landscape that should be protected for the future. The Surfrider Foundation is leading efforts at the state and local levels to protect our shorelines on every coast.
Ocean Protection: Our Ocean Protection Initiative includes grassroots campaigns to establish and support Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), oppose new offshore oil drilling and seismic testing, participate in regional ocean planning, and ensure renewable ocean energy does not damage our ocean.
Plastic Pollution: 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.
For those of us who love the beach, the oceans and the promise they hold, protecting this resource makes perfect sense. If you grew up with medical waste on the beaches of New Jersey or sewage closures in Los Angeles, you understand the depth of the problems that protecting the oceans can have.