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.771/S.462 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.
- 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!
Also please check out our growing Resources Page (a continual work in progress!) for useful information on single-use plastic campaigns!
Past Campaign Victories:
Offshore Oil and Gas Exploration
- Opposing the federal proposal to offer offshore oil and gas drilling lease sales and activity in its entirety, and explicitly opposing this activity off from Massachusetts Waters, as laid out in the 2019-2024 National OCS Oil and Gas Leasing Draft Proposed Program. Learn more and join our MA coalition to oppose offshore drilling by filling out this form: https://go.surfrider.org/NoNEdrilling/
To learn more about our active campaigns, or to suggest new ideas for future Surfrider Campaigns in Massachusetts, please contact our Campaigns Coordinator.