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May Newsletter

Story of Plastic Screening (May 7-14)  & Pannel (May 14)

We are excited to be hosting an online screening of The Story of Plastic (May 7 - 14) and an expert panel (May 14 6:30 - 7:30pm) following the screening open to anyone in the public. RSVP Here to receive the links.

The Story of Plastic takes a sweeping look at the man-made crisis of plastic pollution and the worldwide effect it has on the health of our planet and the people who inhabit it. Featuring interviews with experts and activists on the frontlines of the fight, revealing the disastrous consequences of the flood of plastic smothering ecosystems and poising communities around the world, The Story of Plastic gives us clear picture and shows us the whole story behind the plastic pollution crisis. But we don't just learn about the affects, we also get to see the activist that are rising up and fighting this global issue. 

We are lucky to have six amazing panelist who are fighting the plastic pollution crisis in our own backyard and globally. They are fighting for our climate, environment, and future. We will be talking to us and answering questions you have about The Story of Plastic, Plastic Pollution, and what you can do. You won't want to miss this engaging talk. Panelist include: 

Anika Ballent - Algalita (Featured in the Film) 
Gillian Filippo - Puget Sound Keeper
Hans Schippers - Parley for the Oceans / SCHRoadTrip
James Roubal - Washington CoastSavers and Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Foundation
Liz Schotman - Surfrider Foundation
Nick Schippers - Parley for the Oceans / SCHRoadTrip

Please screen the film at home prior to the talk - film link will expire May 14 at 6:30pm. The screening will be done through a streaming platform called Indee - similar to Netflix or Hulu - so you can watch at any time at your convenience. The panel will be hosted through Zoom. If you have any questions please reach out to Julia at

April Meeting Recap

Our April meeting was our first time going virtual and it was a success! Surfrider Seattle Members and friends gathered to come together for engaging talk, updates, and some fun. This meeting introduced Washington State's new full time Surfrider hire Liz Schotman who serves as the Washington Regional Manager. Welcome Liz!  We also heard from member Dr. Meade Krosby who gave an amazing presentation on COVID 19 and our Climate Crisis and the striking similarities between the two. Dr. Krosby showed how many of the signs of grief that one feels because of the climate crisis mirrors the grief that we are probably feeling during COVID 19. We came away with some great take aways for how to be engaged and resources to help us through this time and through out our fight for a better climate, environment, and future. Thank you Meade! 

Meet our new Secretary 

A big congratulations and thank you to Sydney Taylor for volunteering to serve as secretary. She was confirmed via vote by the Executive Committee members. Sydney has been an active volunteer with the Seattle Chapter also serving as a member on the Ocean Friendly Restaurants Committee. The Executive Committee for the Seattle Chapter of Surfrider now has all positioned filled and is excited to work with our new secretary. 

May Chapter Meeting -  Tuesday, May 19

Our monthly chapter meeting will be Tuesday, May 19 virtually over Zoom.  All are welcome but you must RSVP hereprior to the meeting to receive the zoom code link. We will be formally introducing our new secretary, have some exciting games/trivia plus prizes, and as always creating community with our members! We hope you will join us. 

Upcoming Events

  • Story of Plastic - Digital Screening May 7-14 & Expert Pannel Thursday May 14 6:30-7:30pm via Zoom RSVP Here
  • May Chapter Meeting - Tuesday, May 19 6:30-7:30pm RSVP Here
  • June Chapter Meeting - Tuesday, June 16