Rise Above Plastics: The Long Beach Chapter seeks to educate the public on the dangers that plastic pollution poses to the marine environment. We work to remove plastics from the waste stream, promote reusable materials, and provide a visual representation of pollution in the environment. Contact the Rise Above Plastics Long Beach committee to find out how you can help firstname.lastname@example.org.
Goals for this Year:
Plastic Bag Ban: Support existing City of Long Beach ordinance, and Statewide plastic bag ban effort; promote use of reusable bags throughout the community
Polystyrene/Foam Ban: Work with the City of Long Beach to explore and adopt a polystyrene (foam and plastic) ordinance to remove these harmful materials from the waste stream, and promote the Beach Friendly Restaurant program
Hold on to Your Butts: Work with City of Long Beach to install ashtrays to prevent cigarette pollution from entering waterways
On October 6, 2014, the Army Corps of Engineers found $50k for the Breakwater Feasibility Study. This, in combination with $50k from the City of Long Beach should just barely allow the Army Corps to re-scope the study to fit in the Army Corps’ new 3x3x3 study format. That means they have to make the study cost less than $3 million, take less than 3 years to complete, and utilize 3 levels of Corps review. Once the study is re-scoped, the Corps can then notify Congress that they will be accepting donations from the local sponsor (City of Long Beach) and begin public meetings to figure out what is really in the study. For local supporters, this means we still have to reach out to all relevant representatives. This includes the Army Corps (through post cards), City Council (postcards & e-mails), President Obama’s budget (post cards), representatives Alan Lowenthal and Janice Hahn (letters and phone calls). Get your post cards at Seventh Wave Surf Shop or at any LB Surfrider meeting.
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Surfrider Foundation Long Beach Chapter has teamed up with New Belgium Brewing Co. and Congregation Ale House Long Beach to raise fund for the chapter’s campaigns, such as Sink the Breakwater, Rise Above Plastics and Ocean Friendly Gardens. Here is how it works:
-Raffle tickets are being sold at Congregation Ale House in downtown Long Beach (201 E Broadway) from now until November 23
-The drawing day is November 23 (you do not have to be present to win)
-The tickets cost $5 each when you purchase a New Belgium beer, $10 without
-One lucky person will win a cool bike!
-All proceeds from the raffle tickets goes to the Long Beach Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation
Have a good time at Congregation Ale House and support Surfrider Foundation at the same time!
Beach Cleanup at Alamitos Beach
Every 4th Saturday of the Month
Starting October 25, 2014
All supplies are provided as well as volunteer slips for community service hours.
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The SFLB Chapter is announcing nominations for Executive Committee (EC) members to lead the chapter in its efforts to protect and enjoy our ocean, waves, and beaches through activism. New EC members will help direct the chapter educate the local community (including City Hall) about the Breakwater, Ocean Friendly Gardens, Rise Above Plastics, and other Surfrider Foundation initiatives. Wonder if you’re eligible? Here’s the skinny:
- Must be a member in good standing. Only $25/year!
- Must have participated in at least 3 Surfrider events in the past year, one of which was a Long Beach Chapter EC meeting. This requirement is so that you know what you’re getting into.
- Must be available to participate in the EC meetings, held on the 3rd Monday of each month at 7PM in Long Beach.
- Must be present at the December 3 Election Event
If you want to join the Long Beach Chapter Executive Committee, send your name to Robert Palmer (email@example.com) by November 23. To simplify the paperwork on our end, there will be no last minute write-ins on the ballot. For Surfrider members, we will have food and drinks so come by to vote, and mingle with the fellow Surfrider members!
“EVERY single piece of plastic that has ever been created since the 19th century is still SOMEWHERE on our planet. So if it never goes away, where does it go?”
We are proud to bring this award winning documentary, Plastic Paradise: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Plastic Paradise is an independent movie by journalist/filmmaker Angela Sun. Watch as she follows scientists, researchers and volunteers who help shed light on how pervasive plastic pollution is. This film demonstrates the devastating effect plastic has on the oceans and sea life.
Sunday October 12, 2014 11:00 AM (1hr)
Art Theater (2025 E. 4th St, Long Beach)
$10 general admission
Thousands of miles away from civilization, Midway Atoll is in one of the most remote places on earth. And yet its become ground zero for The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, syphoning plastics from three distant continents. In this independent documentary film, journalist/filmmaker Angela Sun travels on a personal journey of discovery to uncover this mysterious phenomenon. Along the way she meets scientists, researchers, influencers, and volunteers who shed light on the effects of our rabid plastic consumption and learns the problem is more insidious than we could have ever imagined. Get the facts of the environmental impact of plastics while Sun takes us along on her trip around the world collecting witness’ accounts of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, on a way no other documentary has ever done. Plus we have the honor of having Capt. Charles Moore, the man credited with its discovery, Capt. Charles Moore.
For more information www.plasticparadisemovie.com
The Long Beach Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation is holding a show and tell event to memorialize the spectacular surfing that took place on August 26 – 28, 2014. Photographers and videographers will present their work and tell stories about surfing in Long Beach during that epic swell. Come get your “Surf Long Beach” stickers and buy a Surfrider t-shirt to support the Sink the Breakwater campaign.
When: Sunday September 28, 11AM – 1PM
photo by Justin Rudd
Where: Art Theater , Long Beach
Hurricane Marie broke sections of the Middle Breakwater. This is not the Long Beach Breakwater, it’s the one in front of the Port of Long Beach. This is a good explanation for why Pier T in the Port of Long Beach was shut down during the swell. Here’s a shot of the missing armor stone from the Port side looking seaward.
August 27 and 28, 2014…It was like a spontaneous festival with mother nature in charge.
photos by Tony Soriano
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