A real treat for the surf community here in D.C…
The D.C. Environmental Film Festival is featuring two surf films in the festival this year. This Wednesday, come hoot and holler with us as we attend the screenings of Catch It and Beyond The Surface.
Leá Brassy greets Europe’s oceans and mountains during her no-frills, nomadic travels. Whether it’s paddling hard for a wave, or chasing after a passion – Leá reminds us that we have to catch it. Directed and produced by Sarah Menzies.
Beyond the Surface
Follow India’s first female surfer, Ishita Malaviya, and fellow female wave riders Crystal Thornburg-Homcy, Liz Clark, Lauren Hill, Emi Koch and Kate Baldwin on an illuminating journey through southern India. Driven by the power of surfing, yoga and ecological awareness, Malaviya and the talented women search for the perfect waves as they weave together inspiring stories and forge with the people of India an unshakable determination to make the world a better place. Directed by Crystal Thornburg-Homcy and Dave Homcy. Produced by Crystal Thornburg-Homcy and Damian Handisides.
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Help ensure we continue monitoring water quality at our beaches for safe swimming, surfing, and paddling.
Cuts to federal funds for the BEACH Act threatens beach water quality monitoring. These cuts put over 100 million Americans at risk of getting sick from polluted water.
Just like health safety inspections for food, we rely on water testing and reporting to ensure that the water we swim, surf and play in is safe. With approximately 20,000 beach closures and advisories issued every year, we can’t afford to stop monitoring our beaches.
Great news out of Annapolis on Tuesday. The Maryland Senate gave preliminary approval of SB200 to ban the sale of personal care products that include plastic microbeads. Our friends at Trash Free Maryland, who led the charge on this bill, summarizes next steps:
The final Senate vote is expected this week. The House is still working on similar legislation. Click here to find your state representatives and call them to ask them to support SB200 and HB216 with amendments to close the loophole for bioplastics.
Meanwhile, what should you do with products you may already have? Check your bathroom cabinets for products that include polyethylene or polypropylene and stop using them. You can send the unused product to us (email me for info) or to The Story of Stuff Project for demonstration and education projects.
Bravo, Trash Free Maryland! Thanks to all our members and supporters who contacted their Maryland state senator to show support for the bill!
The Surfrider Foundation’s CEO, Chad Nelson, talks to Creative Mornings in San Diego about creativity, surfing, and Surfrider:
Face → Drain → River → Ocean.
Maryland: help us keep plastic microbeads out of our products.
Microbeads. The tiny pieces of polyethylene plastic included in many facial personal care products.
Some products have 300,000 plastic microbeads in one container! When used, these plastic beads go down the drain and into our rivers and oceans. They may seem small, but they have a massive effect on marine ecosystems, including ingestion by fish. Why pollute our rivers and oceans with plastic when all we want to do is keep our face clean and our teeth brushed? This doesn’t make sense when there’s many microbead-free alternatives available.
Maryland is considering banning plastic microbeads.
Live in Maryland? TAKE ACTION: Contact your state senator and tell them to “SUPPORT SB 200 AS PASSED BY COMMITTEE”. Let’s keep these microbeads out of our rivers and oceans.
Want more information? Visit beatthemicrobead.org and see this great infographic: