What You Can Do
The Loss of Surfing Habitat describes the reasons why need to act. We strongly believe the Surfing Community is ready to evolve to meet this threat, and excellent options exist at every level of surfing. Our Deep Blue Life program is targeted at educating individual surfers on how to make an “ocean-friendly” choice at any moment of the day – for both small and big decisions like choosing which car to buy or refusing to use single-use plastic.
Level 1: What YOU buy
Change starts with what you buy, because the “surfing ecosystem” includes a commercial industry worth $7 billion USD that influences consumer culture worldwide. In 2012, every product category in surfing has alternative material options that work as good as the petrochemical-based product materials. As a surfing consumer, you can influence the industry significantly through what you choose to buy and why.
Level 2: What YOU do
At Sustainable Surf, we focus on the eco-friendly surfboards because the culture of surfing starts with the surfboard — this sport wouldn’t exist without the board. However, buying more boards, no matter how eco-friendly they are, isn’t going to be enough to protect surfing habitats from global change. So we need to think about changes in our lifestyle that parallel changes in our buying habits. The eco-friendly surfboard is a really just a catalyst.
The following actions may improve your quality of life, while also helping to create a sustainable future and protect surfing habitats. We will expand more on these options and more in the near future.
- Make your home or business more energy efficient and/or install solar power. It may not be the coolest thing you can imagine to spend your time doing, but you will like the idea of saving money. There are even quite a number of financial incentives and tax rebates available. The DESIRE website has a comprehensive list of energy incentives and tax credits for every energy utility in the USA. Homes and businesses account for 40% of USA CO2 emissions, so the collective impact of everyone doing this could be significant.
- Community gardening. By growing your own vegetables, you can increase your health, reduce your stress level, build community and reduce your the miles your food has to travel. Grow them at your house, or find a community garden near you. If you like this idea, permaculture takes gardening to the next level of significance.
- Community Supported Agriculture. If you’re not into gardening or don’t have the time or space, joining a CSA is the next best thing. Get locally grown fresh produce delivered weekly, and support your local farmers. Local Harvest has a CSA directory.
Level 3: What WE do
It’s not just how you play the game, but who you play it with. We can make an even bigger difference by engaging with other people who feel similarly and building community around the solutions that matter.
More coming soon…