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Action Alerts: Offshore Oil Drilling and Marine Protected Areas + More!

ACTION ALERT // Offshore Oil Drilling

The Trump administration wants to open up California’s coast to new offshore oil drilling – but our state legislature is pushing back! Please call Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher, Chair of the Appropriations Committee at (916) 319-2080 and ask her to support AB 1775 and help protect California’s coastline, environment and economy by putting a stop to new offshore oil and gas drilling and production.

MORE: AB 1775 (Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi and Assemblymember Monique Limón) and SB 834 (Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson and Senator Ricardo Lara) would prohibit the State Lands Commission from approving any new leases, lease renewals, extensions or modifications of any lease in state waters that would result in an increase of oil or natural gas production from federal waters. More information here.

ACTION ALERT // Marine Protected Areas

The state's Senate Appropriations Committee made a big mistake in denying funding to protect whales, sharks and other sea creatures. You can help! Looking especially at you, Surfrider LA – Surfrider South Bay Chapter – Surfrider Foundation San Francisco Chapter – please share and call! More information here.

ACTION ALERT // Photo Contest

What if your favorite beach or marine environment was destroyed by human impact? Show us a special place you would like to protect (or are working to protect already) and tell us why it's important to you and your community! Join our contest by posting an original photo on Instagram or Twitter of a place you want to protect. Tag @Surfrider and #ProtectAndEnjoy and write a small blurb about the place and why it's important to you to protect it! Click here to enter!

Blog Alert // Plastic and Oil

When we think of plastic pollution, we think of images of plastic bags on the beach, suffering marine life, and the almost invisible smog of microplastics in our ocean. What often gets overlooked is the fact that conventional plastic is made from fossil fuels, and is a product of the oil and gas industry. Read more here.

Campaign Update // Polystyrene Ban in Long Beach

This afternoon Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia signed into law the citywide polystyrene ban! Congrats to Surfrider Foundation Long Beach Chapter and other local activists for this important Coastal Victory that is bound to help reduce plastic pollution on the beach and in the ocean! Now we need all of the other cities along the LA River and the State of California to follow suit. Props to Long Beach!

Video Alert //  Smartfin

Props to Surfrider's Shannon Waters and all the Surfrider Foundation San Diego County Chapter volunteers who take part in Smartfin – now please enjoy this rad video!

Campaign Update // No Border Sewage - Lawsuit Filed!

"Pollution in coastal waters poses an unacceptable risk to human health and the environment of the Tijuana River Valley, the waters of which flow into the Pacific Ocean." More information here.