Our nation is made up of more water than land. America’s oceans cover nearly 4.5 million square miles, which is about 20% greater than U.S. landmass. The coast is a top tourist destination with more than 100 million people visiting our nation’s beaches annually. In fact, coastal recreation and tourism constitute 2.3 million jobs and contribute more than $124 billion to the nation’s economy every year.
But clean water and healthy beaches are increasingly threatened by plastic and ocean pollution, offshore oil drilling, rollbacks to federal protections, development and rising tides. We each have a stake in taking action to ensure the places where we surf, swim, play and live are protected for this and future generations. Together, we are the United States and Oceans of America
We’d be honored if you’d help us make this new flag from Surfrider a symbol of love for our ocean, waves and beaches while encouraging people to think about their individual responsibilities and the part they play in protecting the future of America’s coastlines.
Download our toolkit, share on social media and help keep our ocean, waves and beaches healthy and protected for generations to come.
“The land of the free, the home of the brave,” that’s what our national anthem proclaims.
But how can we be the land of the free when a vast expanse of America is being attacked and we’re not protecting it?
The Atlantic. The Pacific. The Gulf. They are our oceans. And they need us now. To free them from pollution. From plastic. From oil drilling. From habitat loss. From overdevelopment. And climate change denial.
Just as this land is your land, this ocean is your ocean. Our waves are as American as our mountains. Our water as vital as our soil. If our ocean dies, so will our land.
We urge the American people to join us to start a new fight: the fight to free our oceans and coasts.
We are the United States and Oceans of America. The land and oceans of the free. The home and waves of the brave.
Dr. Chad Nelsen CEO, Surfrider Foundation