World Water Day 2015 Times Three

March 19th, 2015

Time is Water

 

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Written By SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

3 hours.

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That’s how long it takes women and children in Africa to find and fetch water for their families’ daily needs.

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Think how that time could be spent instead.

Caring for the family, going to school…

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or even having fun.

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To help make water available for everyone, SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel urge you to support World Water Day, March 22…

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by conserving water and doing all that you can to reduce your Water Footprint – the amount of water you use each day for drinking, cooking, personal hygiene, household needs and more.

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Sponsored by the United Nations, this year’s World Water Day focuses on Water and Sustainable Development.

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Water is essential for all types of development – from growing food to generating electricity, creating industry and building communities.

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Achieving sustainability won’t be easy, though. Currently less than 1% of the world’s water is suitable for drinking.

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More than two billion people do not have access to safe drinking water or sanitation. And by 2025 more than three billion people – close to half the world’s population – could suffer from water shortages.

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Far from being a regional problem, lack of water is a global problem that requires a global solution…starting with responsible water usage management that minimizes waste and pollution.

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Every drop counts.

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It’s not just the big things we do that make a difference. It’s all the little things. Like something as simple as taking a shower.

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According to the non-profit Surfrider Foundation, which is dedicated to protecting the world’s oceans, waves and beaches, a 10-minute shower can waste more than 40 gallons of water.

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To demonstrate the value of each drop of water Surfrider is asking people to pledge to skip their shower on World Water Day. Surfrider CEO Dr. Chad Nelsen stated that the goal is to save 1 million gallons of water.

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When it comes down to it, we’re all connected. The less time someone spends taking a shower, the less time someone else has to spend searching for water.

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“A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men;

as sympathetic threads, our actions come back to us as effects.”

– Herman Melville, author, Moby Dick.

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Plastic Paradise Free Screening @ Don the Beachcomber

March 2nd, 2015

March 19th – FILM NIGHT – Chapter’s General Meeting @ Don the Beachcombers; Featuring free showing of: “Plastic Paradise” – Journalist Angela Sun offers new insights on the damage that modern technology is doing to the planet.

Plastic Paradise: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch Trailer from Angela Sun on Vimeo.

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Slapfish Features Eco-Friendly Menu

January 22nd, 2015

Seafood – As Fresh as it Gets!

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A Surfrider Sponsor Story

Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

“Sorry, Charlie, only the best will do.”

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Remember that classic line from the Starkist tuna ads? Well the same applies to the fish served at Huntington Beach casual dining restaurant Slapfish (Newland Shopping Center at 19696 Beach Blvd.)

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Specializing in fresh-from-the-ocean seafood, sourced from responsible sustainable suppliers, Slapfish is as concerned about where your fish comes from as how it tastes.

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Owners Andrew Gruel and Jethro Naude describe themselves as “pure ocean-aholics,” noting that “We grew up fishing, surfing, and ultimately making our livings with the ocean.”

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Along the way, the pair launched their Slapfish food truck in May 2011…and later the Beach Boulevard restaurant in Huntington Beach.

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When it comes to the fish they serve, their goal is to “take wisely from the ocean without harming the marine eco-system.” This way, rather than being fished to the brink of extinction, fish have an ability to replenish themselves.

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SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel learned that this means you get the freshest, healthiest, best-tasting seafood imaginable.

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Some of the specialties on the Slapfish menu include its trademark fish tacos and more.

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And at a price that won’t bust your budget. Forgoing white table cloths and expensive silverware, Slapfish focuses on providing a “boatload of deliciousness” on your plate.

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This extends to the vegetables it serves, too, which are the freshest available, coming from local providers…

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including the students in Huntington Beach High School’s sustainability class, taught by social studies teacher Greg Goran.

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Goran, the Surfrider Foundation’s Huntington/Seal Beach Ocean Friendly Gardens expert, teaches the class as a way to give his students hands-on knowledge about responsible farming methods…and an opportunity to learn business skills.

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By selling their produce to Slapfish and at local events the students, who are part of the school’s environmental Green Team, get to see how all their hard work, planting, nurturing and harvesting, pays off, while generating revenue for the school – a win-win for everyone.

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Plus it’s exciting for the students to see their vegetables being enjoyed by the diners at Slapfish. “When we come in they’ll be eating the stuff we brought literally within minutes,” Goran stated.

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Jessica Bechtold, Surfrider’s HBSB Ocean Friendly Restaurants chairperson, applauds the work that Slapfish is doing to protect the ocean’s sea life and is actively involved in getting restaurants to join the new OFR program.

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Bechtold explained to SurfWriter Girls that restaurants who sign on will be committed to sustainable food practices. Along with how the food is sourced and handled, this includes using biodegradable food containers, cups and utensils.

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Whether you stop by Slapfish to grab a fish taco or an order of fish and chips to-go or opt for one of the restaurant’s definitely gourmet lobster creations, you can be sure that everything on your plate will be fresh and flavorful.

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And, if something on the menu isn’t available, that’s because it’s either sold out or not in season.

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At Slapfish sometimes even being the best isn’t enough to get on the plate.

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“Sorry, Charlie, only the sustainable will do.”

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Surfrider Celebrates the Season

December 11th, 2014

Surfrider’s Holiday Party – Good Cheer…and Beer!

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Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

The mood at Brewbakers craft brewery and restaurant/bakery in Huntington Beach was warm and festive during the annual Surfrider Foundation’s Tri-Chapter Holiday Party Saturday, December 6th.

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SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel were excited to see Surfrider members and guests from the Huntington/Seal Beach, Long Beach, and Newport Beach chapters.

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Brewbakers owner and Surfrider member Manuel Florence made sure that everyone tasted the craft beers and sodas that his brewery is known for.

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The Coffman family – Jeff, Sherrie, Charlie and Will – zeroed in on the root beer and cream soda.

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Darryl Ferguson and Halie Schmidt liked the pumpkin beer.

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So did Pam Conti, Mike BalchinSeth Matsonand the rest of the Surfrider crew.

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There were bratwurst sandwiches and pizzas, too…

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freshly made in the kitchen.

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Greg Kishel tried both and declared them a hit.

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Now that the year is almost over everyone was talking about 2015 and the new surfing spots they want to explore and ways to protect the ocean and beach environment we all love.

Tony Soriano and Sona Coffee, the Environmental Programs Manager for Manhattan Beach, said there’s much work still to do.

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With holiday shopping on people’s minds, we all agreed that a Surfrider membership would be just the gift for the people on our lists.

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It’s easy to wrap and is a gift that gives all year. What could be better than that?

In keeping with the holiday spirit shared at Brewbakers, SurfWriter Girls Sunny and Patti wish you this Irish toast:

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A Merry Christmas

And a Happy New Year,

A pocket full of money

And a cellar full of beer!

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Volunteer for Water Testing – Surfrider HB

December 1st, 2014

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