Sebastian InletThe Sebastian Inlet Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation was founded in 1997 and spans portions of Brevard and Indian River counties in Florida. Our mission is the protection and enjoyment of oceans, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network. More Details
Today we launched our latest Rise Above Plastics campaign at the City of Satellite Beach Founders Day’s event.
You may have seen Todd the Trash Turtle in the parade. Here is a photo of Eric Schwarze, RAP leader, and the mastermind behind Todd posing with his creation:
Todd the Trash Turtle is filled with the single-use plastic bags we collected via our location at Satellite Beach City Hall in the past week. If you haven’t already, please stop by to donate any unwanted single-use plastics bags you may have at home. As we continue to collect these bags, Todd the Trash Turtle will continue to grow.
Many people scoffed at Eric’s brilliant trash sculpture, but in the end, Todd had the last laugh:
We are pleased to report that Todd the Prize-Winning Trash Turtle is the official winner of the Spirit Award for Founder’s Day 2016. Here we see Todd displaying his newest prize:
We have already distributed over 140 reusable bags as part of this campaign. If those bags are used every day for the next year, we will have saved 52,560 single-use plastic bags, 13,140 pieces of litter, and offset over 1,158 pounds of CO2 emissions. Most importantly, we are working together to protect our precious sea turtles from choking on this trash. Just like Todd, real sea turtles mistake single-use plastic bags for jellyfish and try to eat them. This results in serious injury or death.
If you missed us today at Founder’s Day, have no fear! The adventures of Todd the Trash Turtle have only just begun. You can still order your own reusable bags at HelpTheBeach.com, and learn more about the dangers of single-use plastic there.
You can also catch us at the upcoming Ocean Reef Beach Festival on December 3rd to get more reusable bags, and see Todd for yourself.
Skip the bag, save a turtle.
Together we can HelpTheBeach.com!
Special thanks to Eric Schwarze, Julie Finch, Mike Daniel, James Smith, Allison Arteaga, Orlando Briceno, all the members of the City of Satellite Beach Sustainability Board, Sebastian Inlet Surfrider Chapter, and of course, Todd the Trash Turtle, for making today’s event such a success!
The following people have declared themselves for consideration for our Executive Committee elections in November:
- Chair – Alec Buchness
- Vice Chair – Josh Pause
- Treasurer – Eric Schwarze
- Secretary – Allison Arteaga
- Volunteer Coordination – Ryan Dadds
When it comes to teaching children about ecology, there is no better tutor than mother ocean herself. This is why the Sebastian Inlet chapter of Surfrider was happy to partner with Ms. Weiss’ summer marine ecology program to offer her elementary-aged students some hands-on experience with the beach.
Our elementary education began with a scavenger hunt, eager to see who we might find on the beach that day.
In addition to the usual surfers and fishermen, we saw Pelicans, Sand Pipers, and even a Great Blue Heron. We also found this guy out for a stroll…
Some of the more entrepreneurial students ran off in search of buried Spanish treasure…
Hey, don’t laugh- stranger things have happened!
Of course, the real treasure located at the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge is our precious endangered sea turtles. Loggerheads and Green Turtles come from all over the Western Hemisphere to nest here, and our class was lucky enough to see a few of these nests and turtle tracks for themselves.
We explored all sorts of interesting creatures, both big and small.
We also discussed our critical dune habitats, and how native plants like Railroad Vine, Beach Sunflower and Sea Oats help to maintain and build a healthy dune. These Sea Oats were planted by our chapter only a few years ago, and already the new dune is thriving and full of life.
Of course, no trip to the beach is complete without a tasty snack.
We also took the time to discuss the sorts of things that do not belong on our beaches, like single-use plastics, which harm our nesting turtles and collect in massive ocean gyres.
It is our privilege to help pass along our love of the beach to the next generation of Floridians. It is our goal to reach as many young students as we possibly can via our elementary education initiative.
All in all, it was a lovely morning. The only downside was this: we never did find that treasure…
We understand the limited budgets of our teachers and school districts. That is why there is no fee associated with these field trips. You supply the kids; we’re happy to provide everything else.