Changing climate, changing coasts...

Our ocean and coasts are under siege due to climate change. Extreme weather events, sea level rise and ocean acidification are putting our coastlines at risk, impacting everything from beachgoing to ocean recreation. Climate change impacts are also increasingly taking a devastating toll on coastal economies and local communities.

By 2050, scientists estimate that 90% of coral reefs will die off from ocean warming and acidification due to climate change. It’s also predicted that three feet of sea levels rise will completely wipe out 87% of California’s best surf breaks. In addition, warming water temperatures from climate change will produce more harmful algae blooms, resulting in closed beaches, killed wildlife, and severe illnesses to surfers and swimmers.

Join us and demand that Congress take action on climate change NOW!

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Learn more about climate change and how 'adaptation' measures can proactively protect our coast and ocean against the threats of climate change.   

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What is Surfrider doing to help our eroding coastlines?

  • Safeguarding and passing climate change and coastal preservation legislation at the state and federal levels. 
  • Halting harmful development and damaging coastal armoring projects around the country. 
  • Engaging in more than 25 local and state efforts to plan for sea level rise. 
  • Participating in coastal dune restoration projects across 14 chapters. 
  • Helping to pass Community Choice Energy (CCE)  programs in local communities to allow local municipalities to create their own ‘energy portfolio’ by increasing  renewable energy sources.
  • Planting Ocean Friendly Gardens to create ‘“living soils”’ that avoid fossil-fuel intensive fertilizers, trap carbon and reduce nutrient runoff.
  • Surfing with Smartfins to collect ocean data that will inform scientists about how climate change is impacting the ocean and marine ecosystems.

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The Revolutionary Rising Seas Wetsuit, A wetsuit we never want to make a reality.

Our expert environmental scientists have teamed up with VISSLA to design a wetsuit to face the emerging climate change crisis. This concept was formulated to shine a light on the urgent risks our ocean and coasts are facing such as sea level rise, extreme weather events and harmful algal blooms. 
Join us and demand that Congress take action on climate change NOW!

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Protecting The Places We Love

Easy Ways to get involved

  • Join a restoration project in your area.
  • Influence policy change by working with Surfrider Staff and Chapters to advocate for proactive planning and building climate change resilient communities. 
  • Plant an Ocean Friendly Garden. Reducing hard surfaces in our neighborhoods and watersheds promotes more robust coastal ecosystems that will ‘weather storms’ better; and help absorb CO2.
  • Donate.  Climate change is one of the largest issues this generation will face, and Surfrider needs to help fund experts and Staff in order to protect our coast from the impacts of climate change. 
  • Drive less and curb your consumption of single use plastic that is made of petroleum (i.e. fossil fuels).

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Upcoming Events

Oct 1-May 31: Demand Congress Take Climate Action
This congressional session Surfrider is demanding Congress act on climate change now! Send your representatives a letter by going to:
Feb 1-Feb 29: Coastal Recreation Hill Day
Exact Date TBD. Over one 100 Surfrider Foundation members and recreation industry partners will travel to Washington D.C. to meet with federal leaders about ways to protect our ocean, waves, and beaches. We hope to visit 125 Senate and House offices to discuss halting offshore oil drilling, ensuring clean water, and demanding climate change action. More information forthcoming.

Looking for more information?

Climate Change Activist Toolkit

Climate Change Adaptation White Paper

Climate Change Talking Points.

Climate Change Trifold Brochure

“10 Ways” to reduce your climate change footprint.

Responding to Extreme Weather Events Guidance

Beachapedia Resources:  Climate Change page. Coastal Adaptation page. Other climate change related categories page

Climate Change Goster Graphics


Stefanie Sekich-Quinn, California Policy Manager

Learn more about climate change adaptation

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