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Nothing worthwhile is easy, California preserves waters for future generations

December 19 2012 | Victories, Fish,

A simple lesson many people have learned is that nothing truly worthwhile comes easy.

Achieving something notable, in the category of a "life legacy", includes the investment of a massive amount of hours and sometimes also includes overcoming  huge opposing obstacles.

Regarding the time variable, Malcolm Gladwell quantified the commitment needed for excellence. He suggests 10,000 hours are needed to achieve that level. That's more... much more... than pretty much everyone is willing to invest. This time commitment related to excellence is a metaphor for the time commitment tied to large-scale change. Changing the world doesn't happen overnight.

Beyond the time investment is the challenge of overcoming opposing viewpoints and other roadblocks. Sometimes such debates are civil and other times they... are not. Many of those who have led change have scars (or worse) illustrating the commitment they've shown to an idea or cause.

This brings me to the California coast.

Let's start with this simple truth that many of us love the coast.

From there the question becomes "what will you do to preserve what you love?"

Surfrider supporters and activists engage to preserve the waves and coasts they love. They log lots and lots of hours. They are also willing to take an opposing viewpoint and deal with those consequences. Knowing as many of them as I do I can share that preserving the places they love is part of their DNA... it's part of their identity.

More than a decade ago work began to address the fact that California's fish populations were being depleted. Over those years groups, including Surfrider, logged some serious hours. They invested the needed hours but beyond that some dealt with very severe personal threats.

All that work paid off as on December 19th the remaining reserve was established on the California coast.

16% of the California waters are now protected as marine reserves. That may sound like a little or a lot to you. For a comparison approaching 50% of California lands are protected in some form.

The idea behind the California Marine Protected Areas is straightforward, if we want wildlife to be around for the future we can't take too much of it now.

This was a huge win. Kudos to everyone connected to these wins that will benefit generations to come.

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