Plastic bags: get lost

Across the USA, cities and counties are instituting fees on plastic bags, or even banning them outright, in an effort to prevent pollution and raise revenue for cash-strapped local governments.


"Plastics, especially once they get into the marine environment, are pervasive. They have dramatic effects on marine life," said Julie Lawson, chair of the D.C. chapter of the Surfrider Foundation.

"A lot of Surfrider volunteers get started by attending a beach or river cleanup. What they learn is that "we could be cleaning up for the rest of our lives, and it will still show up.

Addressing it at the source through a bag ban or a fee is really the most sustainable way of addressing this trash problem."

Source: Surfrider Foundation

Offshore drilling: get off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts

Last week, the Obama administration announced its five year plan for selling offshore drilling leases in U.S. waters. The plan focuses primarily on the Gulf of Mexico, with twelve potential lease sales scheduled to occur in the 2012-2017 timeframe.

These include five lease sales in the western Gulf of Mexico; five lease sales in the central Gulf; and two lease sales in the eastern Gulf that are not under congressional moratorium.

The plan also includes three potential lease sales off the coast of Alaska - a controversial decision given the likely challenges with spill prevention and response in the harsh conditions of the Arctic Ocean.

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Waves of Health: when surfing also helps others

The Dominican Surfing Federation will assist the group the Waves of Health, a nonprofit organization founded by surfing physicians dedicated to supporting community health in underserved regions around the world, in providing free medical care to the communities of Dajabón and Cabarete, Dominican Republic October 29 – November 4, 2011.

The Waves of Health was founded in 2007 by American physicians and began providing modern medical services to underprivileged communities in the Dominican Republic by bringing full medical, surgical, and pharmaceutical services to the Country.

The group completes bi-yearly missions, and on average treats approximately twelve hundred patients per trip, with the goal of treating 2,000 patients on this mission. This is the first mission for the town of Cabarete on the North Coast and plans are in development for future missions on the South coast of the Island.

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