Surfers Form Giant Floating Peace Sign For World Oceans Day

For most of us, the ocean is somewhere we go for a special vacation. For surfers, the ocean is a second home, a place where worries fall by the wayside and nature’s awesome power is front and center at all times.

It makes sense then that surfers would be concerned about what’s happening to our oceans. Between rampant industrial pollution, plastic waste, and acidification brought on by climate change, the oceans as we know them won’t be around much longer. That’s why hundreds of surfers, swimmers, boaters, and plain-old ocean lovers, joined together at NRDC’s Malibu Peace Paddle to raise awareness about the critical problems facing the ocean.

We have drastically changed the ocean in an evolutionary instant, and the magnitude of that impact is visible around the world, writes pro surfer Laird Hamilton on On my journeys around the globe I have witnessed many of the impacts that humans have had on the oceans. From oil-coated dolphins in the Gulf, to beaches covered with plastic garbage in the Pacific, indeed I have seen far too many ocean tragedies. Perhaps more alarming, is the fact that many of the greatest impacts are not visible to the naked eye. Out of sight cannot mean out of mind if we want to secure a future of healthy seas. But I also see room for hope. I have met so many people who are working toward a better, healthier, and more resilient ocean future.

The goal of the Peace Paddle, which set a Guinness World Record, was to inspire international action at the upcoming Rio+20 summit to protect the world’s oceans from the ever-growing global threats. “Demanding that our leaders create reliable solutions is an important step toward a sustainable ocean future,” writes Sarah Chasis, Director of NRDC’s Ocean Initiative. “We need to go beyond good intentions this year and place the focus on action.”

You probably didn’t realize that today is World Oceans Day. You might not be able to go pick up trash on the beach, or make a donation to an ocean conservation organization. But you can still do something meaningful for the oceans today. Take just a few minutes to sign the NRDC petition asking President Obama to push for critical ocean protections during the Rio+20 summit. And the next time you get ready to toss a plastic bottle in the trash, or drive your car when it would be just as easy to walk or bike, think about the impact your actions will have on the oceans we all depend on for survival.

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Rosemary R Rannes
Rosemary Rannes2 years ago

The Peace Paddle exemplifies the power of solidarity in action towards making a positive statement. We need to move forward from negativity to positivity. Seeing these individuals paddle out to make a peace sign with so many others demonstrates passion in action. I loved this video which truly is inspiring in every way. May World Oceans Day be everyday. This summer we need to remember to pack out what we pack in, protecting fragile streams and ecosystems, keep our plastics in hand and remember that all the oil and gas spewed into the lakes by boat engines adds toxins and pollution that kills fish and delicate organisms.
So happy summer ! Now where do i go to get a paddleboard !!!!!!

Sarah M.
Sarah M.3 years ago


Vicky Pitchford
Vicky P.3 years ago


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Tom Sullivan
Tom C Sullivan3 years ago

Right on, totaly awesome

Noreen Niamath
Noreen Niamath3 years ago

Way cool

Jim W.
Jim W.3 years ago

Right on!

Brenda Towers
Brenda Towers3 years ago

An important initiative.

Edo R.
Edo R.3 years ago

Thanks for sharing!

Mandi A.
Amanda Adams3 years ago

Pretty cool! Thank you