Rise Above Plastics
Rise Above Plastics aims to eliminate the impacts of plastics in the marine environment by raising awareness about the dangers of plastic pollution and by advocating for a reduction of single-use plastics and the recycling of all plastics.
The Endangered Waves program aims to highlight the many threats endangering a number of Australia’s most unique and fragile surfing and coastal environments. Unlike endangered wildlife there are no surfbreak protection laws in Australia. Nor are the impacts on surf breaks considered in planning and infrastructure developments. An ‘endangered wave’ is one where the wave itself is threatened, or the immediate coastal environment and surfing amenity is threatened by at least two of the threats listed within our Endangered Waves Criteria. Surfrider uses it’s grassroots volunteer branch network to mobilise local community action to protect waves listed as endangered.
Campaigns by State
The core activities and campaigns that the Surfrider Foundation uses to protect our oceans, waves and beaches fall into the categories of Clean Water, Beach Access, Beach Preservation and Protecting Special Places.
The Surfrider Foundation Australia’s ‘Ocean Friendly’ Program, is an Australian adaption
of the Surfrider Foundation US ‘Ocean Friendly Restaurants’ program which aims to
reduce single-use plastic at it’s source, in favour of reusable items and non-plastic
alternatives, as well as ensuring food and other consumables are ethically sourced. The
program further aims to reduce the environmental impact of participating venues by
encouraging efficient water and energy usage.
Surfrider Foundation Australia in association with the Boomerang Alliance aims to promote
establishments along the Australian Coastline who are taking action on plastic
pollution by implementing measures to reduce single-use plastic items at their source.
Managers who implement the six mandatory measures will be promoted on the Surfrider
Foundation Australia website, social media, emails and community platforms as well as
promoting their ‘Ocean Friendly’ status through optional promotional material (window
stickers, brochures, posters - available at www.surfriderfoundation.org.au .
We hope this initiative inspires individuals, businesses, management, local government,
state and federal decision makers that every little action counts and that our oceans and
our environment are worth protecting.
More Information coming soon.