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California Doesn't Need Another Beach Clean Up -- We Need Our Bag Ban Back

Belinda Waymouth | Posted 02.25.2017 | Green
Belinda Waymouth

Burgeoning amounts of plastic debris clog waterways, create havoc with marine ecosystems, litter roadsides and beaches. Most of California's watersheds drain into the Pacific Ocean along a thousand miles of coastline - that's a lot of beach.

It's Time to Fight for the BEACH Act -- Are You In?

Dr. Chad Nelsen | Posted 02.25.2017 | Green
Dr. Chad Nelsen

Without continued federal funding for the BEACH Act, we will see a decrease in testing and the beach-going public will be more at risk. In some coastal states, entire beach programs will be forced to shut down.

Dr. Chad Nelsen on Saving the Nation's Beaches: "We Love These Places"

Pierce Nahigyan | Posted 02.15.2017 | Green
Pierce Nahigyan

The Foundation's goal of protecting 100 percent of the nation's coastlines has grown beyond a California dream.

8 Resolutions to Help Keep Our Ocean Clean in 2016

Dr. Chad Nelsen | Posted 01.26.2017 | Green
Dr. Chad Nelsen

Added together, these simple, everyday actions have a great impact on protecting our beaches for all of us to enjoy.

Microbeads Continue to Menace the Ocean

Dr. Chad Nelsen | Posted 12.22.2016 | Green
Dr. Chad Nelsen

On Friday, December 18th history was made. The Senate approved a bill - which is now awaiting the President's support - to phase out personal-care pro...

Meatless Monday: "Cowspiracy" -- "The One Thing No One Talks About"

Ellen Kanner | Posted 09.28.2016 | Green
Ellen Kanner

The topic is so hot, their funding got pulled. To get the word out, the "Cowspiracy" team put a lot of skin and a lot of money in the project. They self-funded "Cowspiracy" with the support of an Indiegogo campaign. Says Kuhn, "We put everything on the table we could to fit into the film."

After the Ban, Plastic Bags Still at Store Checkouts in Hawaii. What Now?

Anna Sabino | Posted 07.15.2016 | Green
Anna Sabino

On July 1, hard work and hundreds of hours spent by volunteers had paid off. Hawaii became the first state banning single-use plastic bags at store checkouts. People will eventually accept the ban and find their alternatives purchasing reusable cotton bags and bringing them to stores.

The CEO Interview: Chad Nelsen, Surfrider Foundation

Lynda Decker | Posted 03.17.2015 | Green
Lynda Decker

Sunshine, soft sand beneath your feet, the squeals of children splashing in waves -- these are the memories of summer vacations. Chad Nelsen wants your children's children to have these memories too.

Coalition of the Willing: Cleaning up a Dam[n] Mess

Belinda Waymouth | Posted 12.18.2014 | Green
Belinda Waymouth

Scientists believe steelhead are more likely to survive climate change without the dam. Creek water temperatures will increase along with air temperature, possibly exceeding the steelhead's tolerance range.

After Epic Lawsuit, Surfers Win California Beach Back From Tech Billionaire

The Huffington Post | Carla Herreria | Posted 09.27.2014 | Green

Surfers are celebrating a major win after a California court ruled against a Silicon Valley billionaire who had tried to deny public beach access near...

Clear Your Conscience This Shopping Season With This Innovative Recycling Program

The Huffington Post | Gabriela Aoun | Posted 08.04.2014 | Green

Holiday shopping is upon us, and whether they do it in the stores or online, Americans are going to buy an absurd number of appliances, electronics, g...

5 Surfers Battle Billionaire for Beach Access in California

Zach Weisberg | Posted 12.15.2013 | Green
Zach Weisberg

On a brisk fall morning last October, five surfers walked across private property in San Mateo County, California to surf the waves at Martin's Beach.

Virtual Paddle Out to Celebrate Love of the Ocean

Stephanie Rudat | Posted 09.02.2013 | Impact
Stephanie Rudat

Surfers have long memorialized fellow surfers by way of a paddle out. Sometimes flowers, lei's or ashes of the deceased are tossed into the circle. This campaign mimics those elements.

California to Legislators: Stop Bogging Down Bag Bill

Lisa Kaas Boyle | Posted 07.22.2013 | Green
Lisa Kaas Boyle

California is recognized nationally and internationally as a leader in environmental causes, but our legislators have been far too entangled with the petrochemical lobby to get the job done on banning plastic bags statewide.

PHOTOS: Locals Join Hands To Protest Off-Shore Drilling

Posted 05.19.2013 | Miami

On Saturday, weekend beach-goers and environmental activists joined hands along Miami Beach to take a stand against the U.S. dependence on oil and to ...

Local Surfers Embroiled In Heated Lawsuit

Hannah Bricker | Posted 03.13.2013 | San Francisco

Tides are changing at Martin's Beach, and local surfers are fighting back. Attorneys for the Surfrider Foundation filed a lawsuit yesterday agains...

Jordan Howard

Plastic Bag Bans Spreading To More Cities | Jordan Howard | Posted 12.01.2011 | Green

WASHINGTON -- Across the country, cities and counties are instituting fees on plastic bags, or even banning them outright, in an effort to prevent pol...

Caught in the Act: Malibu's Dirty Little Secret Cleaned Up (VIDEO)

Kathy Eldon | Posted 01.29.2012 | Impact
Kathy Eldon

The glamorous city of 13,000 is now leading the way in stopping toxic stormwater and chemical-laden urban runoff from destroying its glamorous coastline.

A Closer Look at the Beneficiaries of KROQ's Weenie Roast

Brandon Deroche | Posted 08.08.2011 | Los Angeles
Brandon Deroche

Tucked somewhere around the Jose Cuervo banana-eating contest, the three beneficiaries made their home. Each organization worked to educate the concert-goers about the work they're doing.

Pro Surfer Rob Machado on Avoiding Hotels, Packing Socks, and Eating Kangaroo Tail

Stacie Krajchir | Posted 06.12.2011 | Travel
Stacie Krajchir

Known for his Zen-like flow both on land and in the water, Rob Machado is one of surfing's most recognizable figures and favorite ambassadors.

There's No "Safe" Plastic, Already!

Mindy Pennybacker | Posted 06.04.2011 | Green
Mindy Pennybacker

The latest science shows that plastics are really, really bad news. Hormone-disrupting chemicals were found to be leached from all kinds of plastics, including those labeled BPA-free.

An Evening Of Surf, Style, And Shopping Benefitting Surfrider Foundation

Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

Who: Something for the fashion-forward (and eco-conscious!) fellas. What: Bloomingdale's at Santa Monica Place is hosting an evening of surfing style...

'Soul Of A Citizen': Village Politics -- Rebuilding Engaged Communities

Paul Loeb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Paul Loeb

One way to do this outreach while simultaneously building a base for the future is to work toward engaging those face-to-face communities we're already part of.

Hands Across the Sand Movement Makes a Bold Visual Statement Against Offshore Drilling

Zach Weisberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Zach Weisberg

Hands Across the Sand mobilized beachgoers in 860 different locations worldwide to make a bold, yet peaceful visual statement in protest of careless offshore drilling

Surfers Lament the Largest Oil Spill in U.S. History

Zach Weisberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Zach Weisberg

A 45-year-old surfer, who lives near New Orleans, paints a clearer picture of what this disaster actually feels like for Louisiana residents and the local surf community.