Ventura Green is a small program I felt I needed to start to teach my students, surf club members and Daland Nation supporters about the importance of taking care of our beautiful California coast and the environmental and economic impact they have on our planet.
Many of my students have said that they feel overwhelmed and their small efforts or contributions do not make a difference. By getting involved and contributing a small amount of time and energy I hope to change that mindset so they become part of the solution and not the problem as they become adults.
A healthy ocean means more than beautiful coasts and vibrant ocean wildlife. If the ocean isn’t healthy, neither are we. Because the food we eat, the water we drink and the air we’re breathing this very second comes from our ocean.
I believe the environmental crisis has reached a critical tipping point. Without commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, defend clean water and air, and divest from dirty technologies, humankind as a whole will destroy our planet’s ability to repair itself.