Event: A 1.5 and 10 nautical mile paddle on your human-powered watercraft of choice! The 2019 event will be on Lake Norman, NC on World Oceans Day ~ Saturday, June 8th!
We are everyday people who care deeply about our oceans, marine environments, and onshore freshwater waterways. We are paddling to raise money for two initiatives: 1) Single-use plastic awareness via The Surfrider Foundation’s Rise Above Plastics initiative and 2) Contributing to natural disaster relief efforts in the Caribbean (Caribbean Hurricane Relief Initiative) by getting clean water to those in need via Waves4Water’s Clean Water initiative.
Through the collaboration with the The Surfrider Foundation Charlotte Capter, we aim to educate, and therefore empower our communities around the longevity and abundance of plastics and what they are doing to natural waterways and global marine environments.
So why does this matter for you outside of environmental conservation... Plastics are entering the food chain! Plastic does not biodegrade, they just break apart into smaller pieces over time in marine environments. The smaller pieces the enter the food chain through plankton which mistake micro plastics for food in both fresh water and salt water. Plankton is the primary food source for many aquatic organisms, specifically fish and whales, and therefore plastics move up the food chain. They also are mistakenly eaten by turtles and birds which can create intestinal blockage, suffocation and ultimately have caused starvation.
All Donations go directly to:
Waves For Water General Fund
Waves for Water General Fund. Money donated to this fund goes to provide clean water solutions worldwide through our various ongoing Waves for Water PROGRAMS. More