Hands Across the Sand, June 25 – this Saturday!

Moonstone Beach
Westhaven, CA
Meredith Wagy
707-362-4197
From the South, take US 101 N to the Westhaven exit. Turn left toward the beach then a left at the stop sign. Follow the sign, making a right down the hill toward Moonstone Beach.

Hands Across the Sand is a movement made of people of all walks of life and crosses political affiliations and the borders of the world. This movement is not about politics — it is about the protection of our coastal economies, oceans, marine wildlife and fisheries.  The accidents that continue to happen in offshore oil drilling are a threat to all of the above.  Expanding offshore oil drilling is not the answer; embracing Clean Energy is. More here.

Your ocean: An ongoing environmental disaster

From Time Magazine:

“…while news of the Earth’s impending doom can sometimes seem exaggerated, there’s one environmental disaster that never gets the coverage it really deserves: the state of the oceans. Most people know that wild fisheries are dwindling, and we might know that low-oxygen aquatic dead zones are blooming around the planet’s most crowded coasts. But the oceans appear to be undergoing fundamental changes — many of them for the worse — that we can barely understand, in part because we barely understand that vast blue territory that covers 70% of the globe.”

Read more: http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,2078840,00.html#ixzz1PvIiyNtd

California, Ban the Foam!

What’s this all about?

California Senate Bill (SB) 568, introduced to help prevent foam litter in the marine environment, passed the CA State Senate in May and is headed to the State Assembly soon! Surfrider Foundation is a co-sponsor of this bill along with Clean Water Action and a big reason that this bill was able to make it through the State Senate was because of grassroots efforts from volunteers and supporters just like you!

What’s It Do?

SB 568 would prohibit a food vendor or restaurant from dispensing prepared food to a customer in a polystyrene foam food container starting in 2015. The compliance date for public schools would be one year later. The bill would also allow a city or school district that has a verifiable recycling program and recycles more than 60% of its foam foodware to continue to dispense food in foam after the ban goes in effect.

Why does it matter?

Expanded polystyrene foam (EPS) is pervasive in the marine environment and like most plastics, polystyrene is lightweight and floats. When littered, it can be carried from streets and through storm drains out to the ocean. 60-80 percent of all marine debris and 90 percent of floating debris are plastic. In the environment, the containers break down into smaller and smaller pieces and are easily mistaken for food by marine animals. On top of the plastic pollution issues, styrene was recently added to the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services list of substances anticipated to cause cancer in humans.

How you can help:

1) Sign Surfrider’s online action alert which is updated for the State Assembly now.
2) Print out the petition and get signatures to help show support in your local community.
3) Follow Yes on SB 568 on facebook and suggest it to your friends!
4) Documenting foam litter that you see. More evidence is always helpful, you can email photos and stories to Surfrider Humboldt.

Serious dedication at the Great Lakes

And you thought Humboldt was cold and skeery!

Red Bull New Wave – Surf Segment from Tough Pug Pictures > Jesse on Vimeo.

International Surfing Day at ATL: Surf’s Up! Best surf doc ever?

A behind-the-scenes look at the annual Penguin World Surfing Championship, and its newest participant, up-and-comer Cody Maverick. Best surf documentary ever!

Monday, June 20

Arcata Theatre Lounge

Doors at 6:30 p.m., movie at 7 p.m.

All-ages! Free! Donations accepted.

 

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