Science World

Surfrider @ Science World, Summer 2015

We're exciting to be partnering with Science World, Patagonia on West 4th and Vancity Theatre for Vancouver's first World Oceans Week with some cool, creative activities and events!

In the Entrance Gallery: three infographic posters designed by Surfrider Volunteer Yee Tongrungroj, highlighting three of our campaigns: Protect Where You Play, Hold On To Your Butts, and Ban the Bead. The artist will be on-site June 13, starting at 2:30pm.

Outdoor Exhibit Area, Sat June 6 and Sat June 13, 11am - 4pm: a mini beach transect activity/exhibit for kids - highlights how we do research at transects, and what kinds of garbage we find on Vancouver's beaches. Surfrider volunteers on site to interpret this exhibit and talk with visitors. The mini transect might appear as a pop-up exhibit during the week June 6-13 as our volunteers have time. Sign up to volunteer here!

Surfrider-produced videos (from our local and other chapters) playing on monitors in the museum.

Kits Beach Cleanup: Join us on Saturday, June 6 from 11am - 1pm as we clean Kits Beach from the pool to the Burrard St Bridge. We will be having a contest for the most cigarette butts collected and counted with bragging rights and a shout out over our social media. For safety reasons we ask that you preregister on Eventbrite.

World Ocean's Day Volunteer Social: Our friends over at Sunset Grill have a special on for all Surfrider volunteers, members and friends from 1-3pm on Saturday, June 6. Come down and get to know the Surfrider Vancouver team.

Bag It & Endless Summer Double Header: $16 for a documentary and timeless surf film here!



Press Release : Ban the Bead

PRESS RELEASE

MLA SPENCER CHANDRA HERBERT JOINS SURFRIDER TO “BAN THE BEAD”
*Press conference scheduled in an effort to eliminate the sale of hazardous microplastics*

VANCOUVER, B.C., July 17, 2014 – Surfrider Foundation Vancouver (SFV) along with Vancouver MLA Spencer Chandra Herbert, will be holding a press conference at 11am on Wednesday, July 23 to raise awareness of the devastating effects of microbeads. Joining Spencer Chandra Herbert will be Matthew Unger, ocean enthusiast and Chair of SFV. A weather dependant advisory will be sent out to confirm whether the conference will take place on the corner of Denman and Beach Avenue beside Cactus Club. Unger explains that the issue cannot be ignored, “Microbeads show up in our marine environment as they are exfoliating ingredients in many beauty care products (face wash, toothpaste and body wash) and get washed down the drain during use. Microbeads pass through wastewater and sewage treatment plants and enter the ocean where they are ingested by marine life. The toxins and plastic particles make their way back up the food chain and onto our dinner plates. This is a dangerous cycle that will affect human health.” Surfrider’s “Rise Above Plastics” program aims to reduce the impacts of plastic pollution in the marine environment. The foundation’s goal is to work with Herbert to push for a policy change to ban the sale and use of microbeads in Canada – starting with the beautiful province of British Columbia leading the charge. “Europe already has these plastics banned and the U.S. is working on this,” notes Unger. “It’s time Canada seriously considers how these micro beads are effecting our oceans, and us.”

About Surfrider

Surfrider Foundation is a global environmental non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of oceans, waves and beaches. Our Vancouver chapter is 100% volunteer run by everyday people like you, and works to ensure the health of our oceans for generations to come.

Contact Information

Matthew Unger
Chair, Surfrider Foundation Vancouver
Chair@vancouver.surfrider.org
604 512 1592

MEDIA ADVISORY

MLA SPENCER CHANDRA HERBERT AND SURFRIDER BAN TOGETHER TO BAN THE BEAD

VANCOUVER, B.C., July 21, 2014 – Surfrider Foundation Vancouver along with Vancouver MLA Spencer Chandra Herbert invite you to a press conference scheduled in effort to eliminate hazardous microplastics from our oceans.

Date: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Time: 11 a.m.
Location: The corner of Denman and Beach beside Cactus Club
Vancouver, B.C.

Speakers: Vancouver MLA, Spencer Chandra Herbert
Chair of Surfrider Foundation Vancouver, Matthew Unger

Media kits will be available on site.
Participants will be available for interviews following the event.

About Surfrider

Surfrider Foundation is a global environmental non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of oceans, waves and beaches. Our Vancouver chapter is 100% volunteer run by everyday people like you, and works to ensure the health of our oceans for generations to come.

Contact Information
Matthew Unger
Chair, Surfrider Foundation Vancouver
Chair@vancouver.surfrider.org
604 512 1592