In order to affect change on a grand scale Surfrider Foundation needs to work locally to influence coastal societies in ways that cause them to protect local resources. Large-scale change happens when a society as a whole acts... in many ways Laguna Beach is a petri dish for such programs, coastal protection and... postive change.
Watching TV one could be led to believe that Southern California beaches and high schools are filled MTV-inspired storylines. That's television... here's the real world.
Laguna Beach High School has it's very own Surfrider Club (subset of the local Laguna Beach chapter). They test water quality and post results throughout the village. As a piece of Surfrider's Blue Water Task Force they contribute to driving local awareness on water quality and related issues. There are 30 members in the high school group that monitor beaches and water quality every week. I knew about them but happened to have a meeting in the area, stopped in for a tea and saw their water quality results posted in the coffee house and a front page story profiling thier leadership featured in the local newspaper.
This is change. This is grassroots. This is Laguna Beach.
Kudos to Marshall Thomas, Max Hilburn, Sanik Patel and the rest of the local crew.