Our coastlines are under siege from the impacts of climate change. Rising sea levels and more powerful storms are shrinking our beaches and diminishing the public’s ability to enjoy these special places. Pollution from fossil fuels is altering ocean chemistry and threatening marine life and whole ecosystems.
The good news is that solutions to these problems are within our grasp. Surfrider is at the forefront of efforts to help coastal communities adapt to a changing climate; and we are working with scientists and local communities to curb ocean acidification. Please scroll down to learn more about Surfrider’s work on climate change.
What is Surfrider doing to help our eroding coastlines?
Surfrider is working to influence policy at the national and local levels to improve how coastal areas are managed and developed. Across the country, we are participating in restoration projects and supporting ‘living shorelines’ that can withstand rising seas. We focus on strengthening land use planning documents to incorporate adaptation measures such as “set backs”, managed retreat, and other mechanisms that will support resilient beaches.
As sea levels rise, we will help identify and protect vulnerable coastal areas and infrastructure and prioritize public access. As our ocean chemistry continues to change, we will educate decision makers about ocean acidification and encourage the planting Ocean Friendly Gardens to create “living soils” that trap carbon and reduce nutrient runoff.
Researchers and scientists have been scrambling to obtain baseline information about changing ocean chemistry for the past several years. But collecting data in a nearshore environment like the surf zone with high-energy dynamics is not easy. However, this challenge didn’t deter a few scientists and researchers who recently developed a new tool to further this critical area of research. Their tool? A surfboard.
Join Surfrider and dozens of organizations as we march to raise awareness about climate change and urge the New Administration to not undo progress our country has made on this important issue. The main March is in DC, but local cities are starting to organize. More info email: Ssekich@surfrider.org
May 9-May 11: National Adaptation Forum
Action today for a better tomorrow
May 9-11, 2017 - Saint Paul, Minnesota
The Forum gathers the adaptation community to foster knowledge exchange, innovation and mutual support for a better tomorrow. Surfrider will be presenting with esteemed colleagues about proactively planning for sea level rise through our adaptation work.