This is what NGO Surfrider aims for by 2035 plastic consumer products Single-use products are being phased out in the US plastic waste Terrestrials enter the ocean.
In 2023, the NGO will make a qualitative leap in achieving this ambitious target. By passing policies at the state, local, and federal levels, working with businesses, and taking grassroots action, you will stop plastic pollution on our beaches and reduce unnecessary plastic waste reaching our waterways and oceans.
9 priority policies to prevent plastic pollution
There are nine priority statewide policies that will limit, ban, and serve things in restaurants polystyrene, they will be required to pay deposits on drinks sold in recyclable bottles and cans and receive other measures to reduce plastic pollution. At the local level, the NGO will continue to pass local ordinances where it is necessary to curb plastic pollution, and at the federal level, they are focusing on two broad bills.
Surfrider aims to eliminate single-use plastics from federal government purchases and public lands by 2023. In the meantime, Surfrider will advocate for federal environmental justice legislation. Legislation to protect communities against plastics. it is bill Set stricter regulations for petrochemical plants to protect human health, reduce greenhouse gas emissions from plastics production, and create new national targets for the reduction and reuse of plastic sources in the packaging sectors and food service.
In addition to advocating for policies at the local, state and federal levels, Surfrider Healthy Beaches Program They will continue to reduce the amount of plastic entering our oceans. The network will clean up more than 1,000 beaches by 2023, while ocean-friendly restaurants will expand into new businesses.
Our rapidly changing climate did exactly what was predicted in 2022: devastating storms, unprecedented coastal erosion, warmer ocean temperatures and other impacts. Fortunately, Congress just passed the Inflation Reduction Act to encourage immediate action, in addition to historic investments in clean energy, that will improve climate resilience along our coastlines.
In 2023, Surfrider will actively monitor and guide where these funds are spent to maximize opportunities for adaptation along our beaches and wetlands.
national network will advocate at least 10 Statewide Climate Policies that improve planning for sea level rise and facilitate nature-based solutions along our coastlines. These include providing significant funding for coastal resilience projects, addressing climate threats, and habitat protection and restoration. Locally, Surfrider chapters will continue to fight bad projects that unnecessarily rough up our shorelines and jeopardize development.
In Puerto Rico, Surfrider will restore 40 acres of mangrove forest severely damaged by Hurricane Maria in 2017, as well as adjacent dunes that will help buffer this carbon sink against future storms. They will continue to restore coastal dunes in North Carolina, Maine and Florida and explore new opportunities for coastal habitat and blue carbon ecosystem protection and restoration at the national level.
In 2023, Surfrider will work to prevent further offshore drilling in US waters. At the beginning of the year, the Biden administration will launch a new five-year drilling plan in which our network of chapters on all coasts has been advocating for no new leases.
You will be watching the publication of this plan and we urge Congress to maintain maximum protections for our federal waters. This will include opportunities to pass legislation banning drilling in the Atlantic, Pacific, eastern Gulf of Mexico and Arctic waters.
Meanwhile, Surfrider will work to create new protections for coastal and marine habitats.
In Puerto Rico, Surfrider will work with local communities to establish a new Marine Protected Area (MPA), as well as open illegally blocked access to other MPAs on the island.