Many of the threats facing the ocean are too big and too urgent to be solved just with personal changes alone.
In addition to education and promoting ocean-friendly choices at the individual level, the Massachusetts Chapter actively campaigns in support of state and local legislation that would lead to systemic changes to help protect our waves, beaches, and ocean.
Reducing Single-Use Plastics
A key area for our advocacy is the threat of marine debris and combating the proliferation of single-use plastics in its many forms. Our currently active campaigns include:
- Support for H.4234 An Act Reducing Plastic Pollution: This is a strong bill currently pending in the MA Legislature that would ban single-use plastic checkout bags across the Commonwealth. Check out our Fact Sheet on this bill!
- Support for Local Efforts to Reduce Plastic Pollution: Our chapter has provided expert support to numerous local groups seeking to reduce the consumption of single-use plastic items, such as plastic bags, drinking straws, polystyrene food service ware, and single-serving bottled water. We carry both our local experiences and the National Surfrider Foundation’s more than 30 years of work on these efforts. Let us know if we can help you in your community!
Past Campaign Victories:
- Boston Plastic Bag Ban – Successfully passed!
Offshore Oil and Gas Exploration
- Opposing the Federal Proposal to Offer Off-Shore Drilling Leases in New England Waters, as laid out in the 2019-2024 National OCS Oil and Gas Leasing Draft Proposal
To learn more about our active campaigns, or to suggest new ideas for future Surfrider Campaigns in Massachusetts, please contact our Campaigns Coordinator.