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An action packed week for the Seattle Chapter lies ahead. Tuesday we will have our monthly chapter meeting starting at 6:45 at Stoup Brewing in Ballard. Wednesday, time for the traditional International Surfing Day celebration at Urban Surf in Greelake kicking off at 5:30. Click this link for our recent newsletter with more details and come take part in the festivities!
We will be having our monthly chapter meeting next Tuesday the 19th starting at 6:45 at Stoup Brewing in Ballard. On tap is a presentation from Abby McCarthy of Warm Current who will discuss the upcoming summer youth surf camps. For more information, click here for our recent newsletter.
The Surfrider Foundation is on the prowl! Sunday, April 19, volunteers from the Seattle Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation scoured up and down the blocks of Capitol Hill in search of cigarette litter. Unfortunately, the butts were not very difficult to find and after visiting less than 10 establishments in 3 blocks, the total was over 2,000 butts in one hour.
It’s time for our April chapter meeting! Spring is in the air and were ready to get outside and get our hands dirty for our oceans, waves, and beaches. Learn what activities are coming up like beach cleanups, summer events, and various campaigns and programs at our chapter meeting starting at 6:45 at Zeeks Pizza in Greenlake on April 21st! We’ll see ya there!
The Seattle Parks Commission will be considering a policy to make our parks smoke free tomorrow, April 16th, at 6:30. As a chapter who finds endless, in fact more than anything else, cigarette butts in our parks and on our beaches we support this policy and will be attending the hearing to voice our support! If you have any questions please contact Barbie and join us for our next Chapter meeting on the 21st, 6:45, at Zeeks Pizza in Greenlake to learn how you can make your voice heard on the issue.
This Earth Day, April 22nd, from 2:30-4 the chapter is going to host a cleanup at Alki Beach! We already have several groups joining us for the day where we expect to remove the always large quantities of cigarette butts off the beach so they don’t make it into our waters. Last year’s Earth Day cleanup had over 80 attendees and we’re hoping for much of the same this year so sneak out of work a bit early and help us keep this great stretch of sand in Seattle clean! For any questions please contact the Chapter.
Before you indulge in the St. Patrick’s Day festivities join us for our monthly chapter meeting at Zeeks Pizza in Greenlake starting at 6:45! We will be discussing several items like the upcoming coastal beach cleanup. More details in the link below and we will see ya there!
Stoup Brewing was jam packed for the Seattle Chapter’s first annual Winter Swell Bash. People came to enjoy a night of great beer, PNW surf culture, a raffle, and some local surf art. Thanks to all who attended, donated, and supported the chapter and their effort to grow their urban runoff campaign.
Enjoy a good microbrew and some surf themed fun at Stoup Brewery for the Seattle Chapter’s Winter Swell event! Admission is free and a dollar of every pint sold goes to our urban runoff program. The festivities kick off February 26th at 6pm including a stacked raffle and some live tunes. Good friend and supporter Todd Fisher will be on hand with his art, our very own Tamara will be playing the tunes, we will have a sick new board to raffle from local chapter Nick Rosen, and good eats from El Camion. You can’t beat a Thursday night like this in Seattle.
I’d like to share a story about John, the manager at The Grove, West Seattle Inn. John contacted us after seeing this article on the West Seattle Blog about the Hold On To Your Butts (HOTYB) initiative to reduce cigarette litter. Here’s how he described the small tweak he made to accommodate smokers at The Grove that has really changed littering behavior.
“I was dealing with the same problem (of cigarette litter) on the streets and sidewalks around our property…I purchased 2 receptacles and mounted them to a couple of the parking sign posts along the sidewalk then posted some signs regarding the danger and pollution caused by throwing the butts on the ground…The response was amazing. I went from cleaning up a couple of hundred butts every couple of weeks to about five butts on the ground. Even though it is not my responsibility to keep the sidewalks clean, I just had to do something to help out.”
This story challenges the misconception that “smokers don’t care about the environment”. We liked his initiative, so we brought him HOTYB stickers whose bright colors which will help increase awareness of the ash cans. He liked the design of our ash cans, and how easy they are to lock and empty, so he purchased an official Surfrider HOTYB ash can from us.
Thanks, John, for sponsoring cigarette disposal can #1 in Seattle. We are so glad to be partnered with you as we move towards increased impact in the community. We’d like to put up 19 more cans by March, so if you are interested in buying a cigarette litter can to prevent water pollution, please contact us at email@example.com.