While our immediate priority is the health of our community, our ongoing focus continues to be the health of our planet.

Back in February—before Covid-19 stay-at-home orders were issued—over 150 Surfrider activists, ambassadors, industry leaders and staff traveled to Washington D.C. to meet with federal leaders and discuss the risks our ocean and coasts are facing due to climate change.

Participants visited 145 Senate and House offices to urge immediate action on climate change, plastic pollution, water quality and other key issues affecting our coasts and ocean. Visit Surfrider’s Hill Day re-cap here.

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.

For generations, humans have taken our beloved natural environment for granted. But now, more than ever, it is time for all of us to take a stand and defend our planet. Join us and demand that Congress take climate action, before it is too late.

Make your voice heard by sending a message to your representatives and demanding that they act on climate change.

Take a look at our video highlighting the day Surfrider took to the Hill to demand federal action to protect our coasts and ocean.