$5,000 matching grant to help fund Sustainable Seafood and the Protection of our World’s Oceans. Charleston has an awe-inspiring natural environment. Our beaches and waterways are our playground and where we feel most at home. They are also incredible ecosystems with fascinating and important jobs: Our beaches are the birthplace of beautiful sea turtles. Our waters are the source of shrimp, fish, and oysters that feed hundreds of people each year. And the natural beauty of our coastline draws over 5 million visitors and $4.2 billion to Charleston each year. Our entire lives are built upon the amazing natural environment of Charleston. The Surfrider Foundation is dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s ocean, waves and beaches.
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The Foundation has set up this Donate2it page to help fundraise for Charleston Surfrider. 100% of donations made will be donated to Charleston Surfrider and will matched up up $5,000 by the Daniel Island Community Fund. You can also donate via check at the POA Office (130 River Landing Drive, Suite 1C). Please make checks payable to The MatchingFund and include “Charleston Surfrider” in the memo section.

Charleston Srufrider is our local chapter of the Surfrider Foundation, a grass-roots nonprofit protecting beaches, oceans, and waterways across the United States.

THEIR MISSION

The Surfrider Foundation is dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s ocean, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network.

THEIR INSPIRATION

Charleston’s awe inspiring natural environment.

Our beaches and waterways are our playground and where we feel most at home. They are also incredible ecosystems with fascinating and important jobs: Our beaches are the birthplace of beautiful sea turtles. Our waters are the source of shrimp, fish, and oysters that feed hundreds of people each year. And the natural beauty of our coastline draws over 5 million visitors and $4.2 billion to Charleston each year. Our entire lives are built upon the amazing natural environment of Charleston.

THEIR BIGGEST PROBLEM

Pollution is endangering our beautiful home.

Walking along Folly Beach we notice cigarette butts floating in the waves. Looking for shells and shark’s teeth on Sullivan’s Island we find bits of plastic. Kayaking down Shem Creek we discover sea turtles sick from having ingested plastic bags and fishing line.

THEIR SOLUTION

In the Summer of 2019 alone, Charlestonians have recorded collecting 87,223 pieces of litter.

But together we aren’t just collecting litter. We’re taking action to prevent it in the first place. We’ve successfully advocated for plastic bag bans on Isle of Palms, Folly Beach, and Mt Pleasant. We’ve converted 32 local restaurants to ocean-friendly practices and motivated 135 restaurants to ditch plastic straws. We’ve designed ocean-friendly gardens that filter pollution and sequester carbon.