Community Organization Spotlight — HP+P Rides the Wave With Surfrider

There are so many incredible and local non-profits in our neighborhoods that do amazing work for and within our community. One of our favorites that we love to support is Surfrider

The Surfrider Foundation is an environmental nonprofit dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s oceans, waves, and beaches through a powerful activist network. Founded 34 years ago right here in LA, Surfrider is now represented by 140 volunteer-led chapters and clubs nationwide. The Los Angeles chapter is currently focused on campaigns and programs relating to clean water, beach access, plastic pollution, and coastal preservation.

We are always so impressed by Surfrider’s ability and dedication in creating environmental awareness surrounding our oceans and beaches. They have helped transform many local restaurants across the westside in becoming certified Ocean Friendly. They passionately advocate and educate at a local and statewide level about what is currently occurring in our environment and initiatives around those issues, like plastic pollution.

Surfrider has two major community events that we feel are fun and easy ways for all of us to support the work this incredible organization is doing:

#NoStrawBarCrawl

Saturday, August 26th, 12pm – 5pm Santa Monica

Join Surfrider LA for their inaugural #NoStrawBarCrawl to help them raise awareness around the greatest offender of single-use plastic pollution – the plastic straw.

In an effort to encourage the city of Santa Monica to adopt an ordinance addressing the problem of plastic straw waste and pollution, Surfrider LA will be leading a bar crawl down Main Street on Saturday August 26th at various participating establishments.

Register here.


International Coastal Cleanup Day

Saturday September 16th, 10am – 1pm in Venice Beach

Join Surfrider LA for International Coastal Cleanup Day! In addition to cleaning up up the beach, they will be hosting a #FoamFree activation for participants to tag local and state leaders encouraging them to adopt bans on expanded polystyrene foodware containers, AKA Styrofoam.

EPS foam is one of the most common forms of litter found in our communities and on our beaches. Non-recyclable and nearly impossible to cleanup, EPS is also a known human carcinogen and should have no place anywhere near our food, let alone in the environment. There are bills at the local and state level addressing this issue and we need to pressure our elected leaders to protect human health and the health of our waterways.

In an effort for us to give back and continue to support Surfrider, we will be joining in on the beach cleanup on September 16th. We couldn’t be more excited about our upcoming partnership with Surfrider and the chance to get out and do something for our community and beaches. Stay tuned for photos and a video of our experience.

Want to learn more about Surfrider? Check out their website here or watch We Are Surfrider.

There are dozens of ways to get involved, and the first thing to do is become a member.