Obama oil drilling plan: not the answer

Is this the progress you voted for? More oil drilling will not solve our energy problems. Please urge President Obama to protect our coasts from offshore drilling.

Last week, the Obama administration announced a new plan to allow offshore drilling and exploration in federal waters (from 3 miles to 200 miles offshore) in the mid-Atlantic, eastern Gulf of Mexico and the north coast of Alaska. This is major news because it marks the reversal of our domestic offshore drilling policy for the first time in almost 30 years.

From 1982 through 2008 there was both a Congressional and an Executive moratorium on federal offshore drilling and exploration. The moratoriums maintained bipartisan support over the years until gas prices spiked during the summer of 2008 and offshore drilling became a partisan election year issue.

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Accessing clean water: SurfAid and Killer Dana unite efforts

SurfAid International, a non-profit humanitarian organization, and action sports superstore Killer Dana, LLC, have created a philanthropic alliance to increase awareness of SurfAid’s mission to improve the health, wellbeing and self-reliance of people living in isolated regions that are connected to us through surfing. The organization’s main focus is developing long-term, sustainable community health through the prevention of treatable disease via widespread education efforts to promote behavior change.

SurfAid works in the Mentawai Islands, located 90 miles off Indonesia’s West Sumatran coast, and Nias Island, 80 miles off the North Sumatran coast. The infant mortality rate (children under five) in the Mentawai Islands is 93 per 1,000 live births – nearly one in 10. In Nias, the rate is 66 deaths per 1,000 births. In industrialized countries, on average there are six deaths for every 1,000 live births.

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Beach cleaning: kiteboarders do it well

As a great eco-citizen weekend of global scale, dealing with the problem of macro-waste and dedicated to the protection of our coast, our lakes and our rivers, the Ocean Initiatives weekend 2010 took part this past weekend from March 18th to 21st. Initiated by the “Surfrider Foundation Europe” the event motivated hundreds of beach clean ups around the world with the goal to educate local people and kids about the pollution of our waterways and to raise awareness. The Ocean Initiatives event has been organized for the past 15 years and finds more and more supporters every year.

A great example was set by some of the PKRA world cup riders and the local staff of the Intercontinental Hua Hin Resort Kiteboarding World Cup in Thailand when they all joined the Ocean Initiatives weekend with a beach clean up at 8.00 am on Saturday the 20th of march. While the meeting point was the competition site, a large area of Hua Hin’s beach was cleaned when a total of 33 motivated beach-cleaners split into 2 groups to collect trash to the left and the right of the world cup area. Even a waste truck followed the diligent trash collectors to relieve them of their heavy burdens whenever their bags were filled up.

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