Written by: Sarah Felbin
What would summer be without beach days? No matter what beach you go to or where in the country you are, long hours spent swimming and sunbathing are a big part of our favorite season – we can’t live without them! But beach days are only as good as the beaches you spend them at, and those beaches rely on our conservation efforts to stay beautiful for many summers to come.
Wondering how you can help? Donating to one of the hundreds of beach preservation organizations out there is a great place to start! See below for five of our favorites and make an impact on the beaches you love.
Clean Ocean Action is an organization dedicated to protecting New Jersey’s beaches from pollution, trash, and other substances that can be dangerous to wildlife. They also provide current news articles to inform the public about important political and policy developments that may affect the Jersey shore. If you aren’t in a position to make a monetary donation, you can donate your time and participate in one of their Beach Sweeps instead!
“Oceana is dedicated to protecting and restoring the world’s oceans on a global scale.” Focusing mainly on repopulating and diversifying our oceans, Oceana aims to educate the public and pass legislation to raise awareness and affect change in the way we use the resources that cover 70% of our Earth. If donating money seems like a big commitment, you can sign up to receive their free weekly publication via e-mail, which includes updates about their work and action alerts.
The Surfrider Foundation is an organization created by surfers that works to “ensure clean water, healthy ocean and coastlines and accessible beaches for all.” They also have a strong focus on conservation and passing legislation – one of their biggest victories was banning plastic bags, which can be largely harmful to marine life, in many establishments in California. You can donate, sign up for their free newsletter, or find ways to volunteer at your local Surfrider chapter on their website.
The Plastic Oceans Foundation aims to educate the public about the dangers of plastic floating in our oceans. Their documentary, A Plastic Ocean, is a great place to start for those who want to learn more! You can donate as much or as little as you would like, and you can even donate to the organization’s other headquarters in the United Kingdom, Canada, or Hong Kong. Or, follow them on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram for regular updates!
Mission Blue, also known as the Sylvia Earle Alliance, educates the public about marine conservation and Hope Spots under the direction of Dr. Sylvia Earle, who has dedicated her life to protecting and researching the ocean and its creatures. To learn more, you can watch their film, Mission Blue, on Netflix or research any of Dr. Earle’s other works (she even has a TED Talk!). Even if you can’t donate, their website is a great resource for those who love the ocean and want to learn more about its depths.