Surfrider Foundation’s ‘Sign the Surfboard’ Project Shows Opposition to Offshore Drilling
Press release by Humboldt Made:
Activists and business leaders are joining together along the West Coast to promote clean water, healthy beaches, and a thriving coastal economy by saying “yes” to renewable energy and “no” to new offshore oil drilling. Surfrider Foundation’s “Sign the Surfboard” project will highlight Humboldt County’s role in these efforts over the next few weeks starting in Eureka at this week’s Friday Night Market and Saturday Arts Alive!.Several of Humboldt’s business leaders will gather at the Eureka Visitor Center, 240 E St., on Friday, June 1 at 6 p.m. to show their opposition to the federal government’s attempts to open up nearly all U.S. waters to new offshore drilling by adding their names to a surfboard donated by Firewire Surfboards. The surfboard left San Diego in March and has been traveling up the West Coast collecting hundreds of signatures in local communities along the way. Later this year, the surfboard will be presented to the White House and the U.S. Department of the Interior as a symbol of opposition to the Draft Proposed Program for Oil and Gas Outer Continental Shelf Leasing Program, which threatens California’s precious marine environment.
“History shows that drilling means spilling, which results in massive harm to sea creatures, destroys recreational opportunities and puts our entire economy at risk,” said Jennifer Savage, Surfrider Foundation’s California policy manager and long-time Humboldt County resident. “California’s coastal economy employs millions of people and generates $44 billion dollars annually. Our communities deserve to be protected from this attempt to drag our country backward.”
“This is an opportunity for local businesses that depend upon the health and beauty of the coast to speak up on this critical issue,” said Alanna Powell, executive director of Humboldt Made. “New offshore drilling will clearly threaten Humboldt County’s economic success.”
In addition to the Sign the Surfboard project, West Coast business leaders founded the Business Alliance to Protect the Pacific Coast (BAPPAC), which represents more than 1,000 businesses so far. Membership in the alliance sends a message to state and federal representatives that a healthy coast is vital to the bottom line, as well as the lifestyles of their customers and staff.