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

WORLD OCEANS DAY BEACH CLEANUP CELEBRATION - Sunday, June 8th, 2014

kits beach celebration june 8 (large) Location:   Kitsilano Beach and Kitsilano Yacht Club (Vancouver, BC)

Did you know that plastic debris in our oceans kills 1 million sea creatures a year?

Be part of the solution on June 8th and join Surfrider Foundation and our partners for our World Oceans Day Celebration at Kits Beach! Help clean up one of our beautiful local beaches in celebration of this international event. Get ready for games, prizes, and art while making a difference in a fun and easy way. And there’s more -- keep the celebration going with our beach cleanup after-party at Kits Yacht Club. Grab a beer and barbecue while you listen to the cool sounds of local BC band Oceans & Lights.

BEACH CLEANUP CELEBRATION: 11AM-1PM

Learn how you can reduce and reuse to help keep debris out of our oceans with activities and games from Surfrider and our partners, including SPEC, Whole Foods, and CPAWS-BC. Oh, and did we mention you could win cool prizes for testing your trash and ocean knowledge? We’ll be having a variety of activities including scavenger hunts and a stand-up paddle board race presented by Mountain Equipment Co-op open to everyone! Enjoy our beautiful oceans while you compete for great prizes from our sponsors.

Help us protect where you play by cleaning our beach along side talented local artists who will transform the trash collected into works of art. We find the craziest things each month at our beach cleanups -- find the most interesting item of the day and you’ll be awarded a prize from our friends at Sitka.

BEACH CLEANUP AFTER-PARTY 1PM-3PM

Don’t miss out on our beach cleanup after-party hosted at Kits Yacht Club. Surfrider Vancouver members and volunteers get in for free, and a limited number of non-member tickets are available for just $10!

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Prizes for our beach cleanup competitions earlier in the day will be awarded while you enjoy live music by local BC band Oceans & Lights and a barbecue sponsored by Whole Foods Market and RBC.

Not only that, but our friends at Mountain Equipment Co-op will be letting you test out their standup paddle (SUP) boards to celebrate our beautiful oceans all day long.

Meet and greet with our partners and sponsors at our after-party including the shaper of the custom board you could win in our surfboard membership contest and learn how to get in on the action. All members of Surfrider Foundation (only $25 to join) are automatically entered to win a handcrafted custom surfboard courtesy of Switchblade Surfboards, with 100% of proceeds going to Surfrider Foundation.

 

Like Us on our  Surfrider FACEBOOK Page

Sign Up and get your BBQ ticket here on our Evenbrite Page

 

WORLD OCEANS DAY BEACH CLEANUP CELEBRATION graciously supported by:

Starbucks, Marriott, Whole Foods Market and RBC Royal Bank.

Clean up Wreck Beach with Surfrider Vancouver

wreck beach cleanup We find the craziest things year after year at one of Vancouver's coolest beaches - Wreck Beach.

Join us to keep it clean and keep trash out of the ocean. We'll have cleanup materials, but bring a set of work gloves if you have them to minimize waste from our activities.

We'll be doing a beach transect to catalogue the data. If you are interested in participating (training provided), email us at  volunteer@vancouver.surfrider.org, or just register and join us on March 22nd.

March 22, 2014 11:00am - 1:00pm Wreck Beach, NW Marine Dr, Vancouver.

Eventbrite - Wreck Beach March Beach Cleanup

A Surfrider Foundation Educational Evening: Marine Spatial Planning in BC

MSP-postcard-640x360-updatedIt’s getting crowded out there in the ocean. No, we’re not talking about the lineup at your favourite break. For centuries, the oceans have pretty much been regarded as the ultimate “wild west” where anything goes. But now we’re rapidly discovering that the ocean’s resources are not limitless, and that we can negatively affect conditions in the ocean and the viability of some “ocean uses” through the improper placement and implementation of other uses.

The Surfrider Foundation Vancouver Chapter invites you to an educational evening to learn about Marine Spatial Planning in BC.

Guest Speaker Dr. Andrew Day will present: What does Hishukisk Ts'awalk mean? What people on the West Coast of Vancouver Island are doing to protect the marine ecosystem and how you can be involved.

 

Event Details:

**CHANGE OF VENUE***

Jericho Sailing Centre 1300 Discovery St., Vancouver, BC North West Room (2nd Floor) 6:30 pm – 8:15pm

Free public event

Eventbrite - Marine Resource Planning Presentation

 

About the Speaker: 

ANDREW DAY, LL.B., Ph.D., Managing Director, West Coast Aquatic

Dr. Andrew Day has a law degree from Queen’s University and a Ph.D. in Resource and Environmental Management from Simon Fraser University.  His doctoral thesis focused on building and implementing ecosystem-based governance using the West Coast of Vancouver Island as a case study.  He has continued to implement ecosystem management on the West Coast, as well as advising federal, Provincial, First Nations, and local governments on integrated resource governance more broadly.

About West Coast Aquatic:

West Coast Aquatic has been working with local businesses, groups and communities to develop plans and tools that will help balance the many uses of the coastal environment and ensure a healthy economy, culture and environment. westcoastaquatic.ca