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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Trump Won’t Save Us From Climate Change. Maybe Surfers Will.

Trump Won’t Save Us From Climate Change. Maybe Surfers Will.

For surfers, countering President Donald Trump’s plan to slash federal funding for climate change research is personal. 

Surfers, no strangers to environmental activism around events like World Water Day, are creating task forces to save the ocean, their multimillion-dollar industry and the scientific research that shows both face incredible threats if global temperatures continue to rise. 

“Surfers are kind of like a giant tribe, a giant worldwide tribe of people,” said Terry Hardy, a longtime surfer and one of the owners of the World Surf League (WSL), the governing body for professional surfers. “We feel like we have an army we can activate that can create real change.”

The athletes Hardy represents have a lot at stake. If the sea level continues to rise, as scientists warn, there will be a serious consequence for the sport: smaller and fewer waves. 

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