2007-07-27 / Community

Surfriders Teach Kids To Appreciate Environment

By Miriam Rosenberg

Chris Wade, of Surfriders, told the campers that they are now "ambassadors to the beach." Chris Wade, of Surfriders, told the campers that they are now "ambassadors to the beach." For four days over the past two weeks, youngsters from Rockaway's west end, ages 11 to 14, learned about the environment and how to take care of the local beaches as part of the Surfriders KidsmArt Camp at Fort Tilden.

On Wednesday those young people, joined by their counselors from Surfriders, a group dedicated both to surfing and to beach ecology, celebrated what they learned during the two-week camp with presentations by several groups talking about the environment.

Representatives from Surfriders taught campers about the organization's "Respect the Beach" program, which includes such things as staying off the dunes that protect the beach and picking up trash when they go to the beach. They were schooled in conservation and how "to reduce, reuse and recycle." The youngsters also took part in a beach cleanup and put up fencing to protect dunes in the Fort Tilden area.

Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer emphasized the importance of the knowledge that was gained and how it can be passed on to others.

In their presentation, Shannon, left, Annie and Katy spoke about water pollution in and around New York City. In their presentation, Shannon, left, Annie and Katy spoke about water pollution in and around New York City. "The only way to save our environment is through education," said Pheffer. "With your knowledge, you'll talk to people, who will talk to people."

Danila, left, and Marie talk about the various problems plastic can cause along coastal areas Danila, left, and Marie talk about the various problems plastic can cause along coastal areas These three young ladies address the health threats that polluted coastal waters can cause. These three young ladies address the health threats that polluted coastal waters can cause. Members of Surfriders and campers are joined by Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer, her chief of staff Joanne Shapiro, and Marina Callaghan (the co-director of the Rockaway Artists Alliance's KidsmArt summer camp) for a group photo. The Surfriders camp was run in association with the RAA. Members of Surfriders and campers are joined by Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer, her chief of staff Joanne Shapiro, and Marina Callaghan (the co-director of the Rockaway Artists Alliance's KidsmArt summer camp) for a group photo. The Surfriders camp was run in association with the RAA.

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