Oceans of America Works to Clean Up Our Coastlines
A nonprofit grassroots organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of our oceans and beaches is looking to enlist an army of Americans eager to help clean up our coastlines.
The Surfrider Foundation has been working hard for more than 30 years to stem the tide of pollution that threatens marine life and ruins the beauty of our coastlines and beaches.
We applaud the United States and Oceans of America (USOA) campaign and hope it succeeds in rallying our friends to join the fight.
Founded in 1984 by a handful of visionary surfers in Malibu, California, the Surfrider Foundation has amassed more than one million supporters, activists and members. Members realize the expanse of the problem requires an even larger effort.
"We invite coastal defenders across the nation to join the movement to protect our oceans from urgent threats like plastic, offshore oil drilling and water pollution," said Eddie Anaya, Surfrider's Marketing Director. "The Surfrider Foundation's USOA campaign is a call to action for each of us to stand up and do our part to keep our precious coastal environment clean and healthy for this and future generations."
The group’s recent press release notes that America's oceans cover nearly 4.5 million square miles, which is 23% greater than U.S. land area! Also, more than 100 million people visit our nation's beaches annually, which is why coastal recreation and tourism annually contributes more than $115 BILLION to our economy every year and supports 2.2 MILLION jobs.
However, our oceans and coastlines are under attack and at risk from pollution. By one estimate, 5.25 TRILLION plastic particles are floating at sea.
"We have more water than land in the U.S. and it is up to each of us to protect it for the future," said Surfrider Foundation CEO Dr. Chad Nelsen. "We all have a stake in taking action to defend the places where we surf, swim, play and live. Together, we are the United States and Oceans of America."
There is an impressive list of notable supporters, including rock legend Eddie Vedder from Pearl Jam, world champion surfers Lisa Andersen and Carissa Moore, Academy Award-winning actor Tim Robbins, surfing legends Greg Long and Kai Lenny, and supermodel Carolyn Murphy.For more information, view Surfrider's USOA video at Surfrider.org.
Keeping our coast clear