Jim Moriarty CEO, The Surfrider Foundation
Globally, we spend more than $60,000,000,000 on bottled water every year. From this single drinking fountain, 42,408 bottles were eliminated from waste.
When one is without what he loves, he appreciates it more. So this year, the year we have no waves hitting the Southern California continental shelf, I’m thankful.
It’s my belief that the way we attain real, meaningful ocean conservation is by connecting more and more people to the movement, but this isn’t enough. Tim Hogan offers a case study in the future of environmentalism.
From time to time we look in the mirror and realize the products we use may be part of the problem.
Our founding fathers, who formed the idea of National Parks, understood that we must preserve what we love so it remains for generations to come. Preserving open spaces, National Parks, has been called America’s best idea ever. Now apply that mindset to our coastlines.
We are not some kind of special forces unit that will look out for your favorite coastal spot, beach access or make sure the water isn’t polluted when your child plays in it. We could be all of those things – if someone deems those issues important enough.
If you could ask every person in the United States if they love the beach, they would say yes. I’ve never met a person who doesn’t like the beach.
With more than 4,500,000,000,000 (that’s 4.5 trillion) cigarettes littered worldwide each year, they are the most littered item in the world.
What do you do when you find 7 tons of debris on a beach? You clean it up. Invest some time here.
It’s your choice to throw it away. The trash or their lives. In this era of browser-driven perfect presentation of information, there is rare value in a hand-drawn and rendered sign.
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