Tuesday, June 19, 2012

NRDC's Annual Splash Ball raises awareness of Marine Plastic Pollution; Niche Snowboards auctioned off

Earlier this month the Natural Resources Defense Council's San Francisco Committee held their Annual Splash Ball to raise awareness for environmental issues affecting our oceans. Supporters and friends joined together for an evening featuring food & drink, music, and a silent auction where 3 Niche Snowboards were auctioned off. Niche Snowboards is based out of Salt Lake City and is focused on making the highest quality snowboards on the market, while having the smallest ecological footprint. Check Niche out HERE!

Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) 

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is an international nonprofit environmental organization with more than 1.3 million members and online activists. Since 1970, our lawyers, scientists, and other environmental specialists have worked to protect the world’s natural resources, public health, and the environment. NRDC has offices in New York City, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Livingston, MT and Beijing. 

NRDC San Francisco Council 

Founded in 2006, NRDC’s San Francisco Council is a volunteer group comprised of young professionals in the Bay Area from a variety of backgrounds and professions who share a strong commitment to the environment and are dedicated to furthering the mission of NRDC: to safeguard the Earth, its people, its plants and animals, and the natural systems on which all life depends. Members support NRDC’s work at the regional, national, and international levels with a special focus on creating a cleaner, healthier California. 

2012 Splash Ball 

This year's Splash Ball sought to elevate event guest’s awareness of plastic pollution in our ocean. Land-based plastic litters the landscape, and much of it ends up in our oceans where it kills marine life, poses navigational hazards, and impacts local and global economies and human health. Because it’s inexpensive, light-weight, and doesn’t break down easily, plastic is a useful material for many long-term applications. Ironically, this highly persistent material is often used for single-use “disposable” products such as food and beverage packaging and grocery bags, the majority of which are derived from non-renewable fossil fuels. Plastic pollution is a symptom of our “throw-away” society and is having devastating effects on the global health of our oceans. We seek to educate and empower our event goers to reverse traditional thinking and start living a more sustainable, plastic-free life. 
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