Oxford University says good waves generate an estimated $50 billion per year. Surfline.com provides a good summary article here. “Yes, you read that right. Before your brain combusts from the esoteric academic language, look at the numbers – 5-to-the-0 capital B, billion. By no means are we astute economists, but $50 billion seems like a lot of bread for little ol’ surfing.”
Save California’s Plastic Bag Ban Vote “YES on Prop 67” in November
Recent research tells us that there could be more plastic than fish in the ocean by 2050!1 We see singleuse plastic items, including the easily littered plastic bags, polluting our beaches and ocean. Marine plastic pollution is also extremely harmful, and sometimes fatal, for marine life.
CONSIDER THESE FACTS: • In California, the average person uses 360 bags a year—which adds up to 10 billion bags a year.2 • An average use time of a plastic bag is 12 minutes, but the bag lasts forever!3 • Less than 3% of bags are recycled4…which is why… • Plastic bags are one of the top items picked up at beach cleanups.
THAT IS WHY WE MUST FINALLY BAN THE BAG! After six years of advocacy to the California state legislature, a bill to ban plastic bags was signed by Governor Jerry Brown in September 2014. Unfortunately, due to the political maneuvering of the big plastics industry, the bill was stalled and will be put on the ballot as a referendum. The California voting public will now be asked to affirm this bag ban legislation by voting YES on 67 in November. Let’s make the plastic bag a thing of the past. Vote “YES on 67” in November. Learn more on go.surfrider.org/YestoCABagBan
Four local artists will be showing at Berlin and Fingerprints in the East Village Arts District(420 E 4th St., Long Beach).
Opening night is Saturday, August 6th, 2016 from 6 – 10PM. Sunlit Souls will be playing and Barefoot wine is the beverage sponsor. High end framed imagery available for purchase through August. Proceeds benefit Surfrider Foundation Long Beach Chapter.
The Wall Street Journal posted an article on the Breakwater Project.
…”We would like to take the whole thing down,” he said. “We need to get people and kids back playing in the water”…
Please note the venue for the Breakwater Community Meeting has been changed. 6-7-2016.
A new study about the Long Beach Breakwater is available from a recent Cal Poly graduate, Mr. Victor Flores.
The Long Beach Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation has sent a detailed comment letter to the US Army Corps of Engineers about the East San Pedro Bay Ecosystem Restoration Feasibility Study. It describes the Surfrider Alternative to restoring the historical ecosystem by reconfiguring the Long Beach Breakwater, bringing back waves, and mitigating for impacts. The letter also goes into detail how the Army Corps should not be attempting “enhancement” alternatives, which go against Army Corps rules and would not likely be supported by LB locals and the US Congress.
Have you been looking for a way to get involved with Surfrider Long Beach, but wasn’t sure what you could do to help? If you go out to eat, and you care about the quality of our ocean, then the Ocean Friendly Restaurant program is for you!
The program is free and easy for the restaurants to participate in. If you notice restaurants that are taking steps to recycle properly, and rid their businesses of Styrofoam containers and plastic bags, please let us know. They might qualify for an Ocean Friendly Restaurant certificate from Surfrider!
The Ocean Friendly Restaurants initiative was founded with the mission of creating an ecologically sustainable restaurant industry. A big focus for this program is reducing the plastic pollution that ends up in the marine environment through the use of alternative products, and the promotion of better recycling practices. We believe in rewarding restaurants for doing the right thing for the environment, and we are here to do whatever we can to support them in that cause.
Long Beach has several restaurants that have made the commitment to incorporate sustainability into their business practices (go to our website and visit them!), and we need your help to identify new restaurants– AND put together a fun event to recognize their environmental achievements, while raising awareness on the program.
If you are a local student in need of some service hours, great experience building outreach and organizational skills, or are interested in event planning this is an excellent opportunity to serve as a Surfrider Intern.
And if you are an individual concerned with ocean-quality protection, and would like to volunteer to reach out to local businesses to promote this message, please contact Sona Coffee at firstname.lastname@example.org.