Approved by the Surfrider Foundation Board of Directors: June 28th, 2008
Whereas, the Surfrider Foundation advocates for the conservation of coastal and ocean resources and the use of renewable energy sources over fossil fuels;
Whereas, the Surfrider Foundation recognizes that technologies that utilize ocean waves, tides, currents and wind as renewable sources of energy may help reduce dependence on fossil fuels and subsequent emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG);
Whereas, renewable ocean energy sources may also provide important economic opportunities for coastal communities;
Whereas, the Surfrider Foundation recognizes that there are many questions and concerns about renewable ocean energy, including potential impacts to ocean recreation, the coastal and ocean environment, public safety, access, and aesthetics;
Whereas, the Surfrider Foundation acknowledges the growing demand for energy worldwide, and that our coasts and ocean are being considered as possible sites for energy generation using renewable technologies;
Whereas, coastal community members and recreational ocean users are affected by renewable ocean development and are key stakeholders in local, regional and national planning efforts;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Surfrider Foundation Board of Directors that:
The Surfrider Foundation will strive to support renewable, low-impact sources of energy. The Foundation will work to ensure that renewable energy development in the marine or coastal environment meets the objectives below and is consistent with our mission.
Specifically, Surfrider Foundation believes the following principles must be applied when evaluating or planning for potential projects:
The Surfrider Foundation is an environmental organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s ocean, waves, and beaches. Our membership includes beach goers, surfers, windsurfers, fishermen, kayakers, other ocean users and people concerned with the world's beaches and ocean.