By Dr. Chad Nelsen

The Surfrider Foundation’s entire network across the United States is saddened, frustrated and angry about the continuous violence driven by systemic racism in our society.

We express solidarity with black people across the US who face yet another outrageous and needless act of violence and recognize that black, indigenous, and communities of color are impacted daily by social and environmental injustice. With humility, we vow to take action.

We recognize that we can’t solve our environmental challenges without also addressing our social challenges. We know that protecting the world’s ocean, waves and beaches depends on learning from our community, standing in solidarity with our allies, and working towards a more just future both for people and the planet.