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BEAT's Friends: Local Environmental Organizations

Respected By BEAT (And They Are Terrific!!!)


The mission of Cape Fear River Watch is "to protect and improve the water quality of the Lower Cape Fear River Basin through education, advocacy, and action. It is a non-profit organization founded in 1993 by a group of local citizens concerned about the future of our River and our Region. This small grassroots beginning was dedicated to improving and preserving the health, beauty, cleanliness, and heritage of the Cape Fear River basin. We aim to protect and improve the water quality of the Lower Cape Fear River Basin through education, advocacy, and action.


Cape Fear

Sierra Club

The The Cape Fear group {of the Sierra Club], one of 14 local groups in the North Carolina Chapter, serves over 1000 members in Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, Duplin, New Hanover, Pender, and Robeson counties. The club is involved in development of environmental and conservation programs. While addressing the current conservation campaign issues of "Clean Energy/Dirty Fuels," through support of solar and wind energy and advocacy for the Clean Power Plan, the club is also focuses  on endorsement of environmentally friendly elected officials.

Established in 1970, the North Carolina Chapter advocates across the state and in our capitol, from the mountains to the coast, for a clean, healthy North Carolina safe for both current and future citizens. The Chapter has over 15,000 members and 14 local groups across the state, a statewide office in downtown Raleigh, and a field office in Asheville. In our nearly 40 year history in the state, the North Carolina Chapter has worked to pass groundbreaking environmental legislation on both the local and national level. Past issues range from putting an end to hog waste pollution to protecting the integrity of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Currently, we are:

      1) Protecting North Carolina's fragile coastline and mountain ecosystems.

      2) Pushing for healthy air and enforceable pollution control standard.

      3) Improving and connecting the state's public transportation infrastructure.

      4) Fighting to bring clean energy solutions to North Carolina.


The Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit environmental organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world's oceans, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network.

Surfrider Foundation was founded in 1984 by a group of surfers who were concerned with health risks associated with  the coastal development of one of their favorite surf breaks in Malibu, CA. Today,   Surfrider has grown into a vast grassroots network of 84 volunteer chapters across the US and seven other countries. The different chapters focus on various campaigns that are specific to their local community.

In 1993, the Cape Fear Chapter of Surfrider was born...The Cape Fear Chapter had truly grassroots beginnings with the membership base coming from the Surfrider surf competition participants. They focused in areas of water quality, opposition to offshore oil drilling, storm water stenciling, beach access, and beach litter. 22 Years later, the chapter carries on the spirit of its humble beginnings, and continues to grow in strength and numbers tackling important issues regarding our coast, and instilling a sense of stewardship within our coastal community.


We are an alliance of established advocacy groups, community leaders, educators, and professionals working together to restore and protect our water quality, as well as spotlight deficiencies in governmental regulations that adversely impact our right to clean water. We wish we didn't exist. But sadly, we do. Toxins aren't the only things polluting our community; misinformation, uncertainty, and corporate greed are getting discharged into our systems as well.


Stick with us as we work to share information we personally value and trust. We'll also pass along action-oriented ways you can hold Chemours and our public officials accountable. We are working hard to share this information, because safe, clean drinking water is a basic human right.



Hands Across the Sand, founded in 2010, grew into an international movement after the BP oil disaster in April of that year. People came together to join hands, forming symbolic barriers against spilled oil and to stand against the impacts of other forms of extreme energy. Since then, thousands of Americans and global citizens have gathered at beaches and cities to draw metaphorical and actual lines in the sand; human lines in the sand against fossil fuels that threaten our future and for clean and renewable energy. Hands opposes offshore drilling, deepwater drilling, and offshore seismic testing.


Through our programs and public-private partnerships, we help to strengthen communities. Keep America Beautiful works with corporations, government and civic entities, educational institutions, nonprofits and other organizations to address complex challenges on both a local and national scale. Our partners contribute more than financial support — they contribute ideas, in-kind support, and the time and power of volunteers — all to help us empower stronger communities. Each and every day, Keep America Beautiful helps turn public spaces into beautiful places, helping to drive positive social, environmental and economic change.  By working together, we can be successful in improving our communities.

Keep Brunswick County Beautiful is an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, a national nonprofit public education organization dedicated since 1953 to engaging individuals to take greater responsibility for improving their local community environments. For half a century, Keep America Beautiful has been the nation’s leading community improvement organization successfully implementing an effective, systematic strategy for reducing waste, preventing litter and beautifying communities nationwide. Keep Brunswick County Beautiful is dedicated to making our community a better place through litter prevention and waste reduction, through education of our residents, and clean-ups and beautification projects throughout Brunswick County.


North Carolina

 Coastal Federation

    35 years working together for a healthy coast

The North Carolina Coastal Federation is a nonprofit organization that works with coastal residents and visitors to protect the beautiful and productive North Carolina coast. The four main areas in which the federation operates include: coastal advocacyenvironmental education, habitat and water quality restoration and preservation, and support in the improvement and enforcement of environmental laws. The federation headquarters are located in Newport (Ocean), North Carolina, with regional offices in Manteo and Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina.



The North Carolina Environmental Justice Network's (NCEJN) mission is to promote health and environmental equality for all people of North Carolina through community action for clean industry, safe work places and fair access to all human and natural resources. NCEJN seeks to accomplish these goals through organizing, advocacy, research, and education based on principles of economic equity and democracy for all people.

Oceana is the largest international ocean conservation and advocacy organization. Oceana works to protect and restore the world’s oceans through targeted policy campaigns. Oceana bases its policy campaign goals on science to achieve concrete and measurable results through targeted campaigns that combine policy, advocacy, science, law, media, and public pressure to prevent collapse of fish populations, marine mammals and other sea life caused by industrial fishing and pollution. Campaigns are designed to produce clear, identifiable policy changes within a 3–5 year timeframe.

Also, a special thank you to Randy Sturgill, Senior Campaign Organizer, Southeast Region (NC, SC) Oceana Staff, for all of his support!


The Southern Environmental Law Center uses the power of the law to champion the environment of the Southeast. Our team of more than 70 dedicated attorneys stands up for all the things you love about this special region—clean water, healthy air, mountains and forests, the coast.

By working at the national, regional, state, and local levels, and in all three branches of government, this nonprofit organization is able to do what it takes to get results. SELC strengthens laws, we make government agencies do their job, and, when necessary, we go to court to stop environmental abuses or to set far-reaching precedents.


Every day Americans use up to 500,000,000 single-use plastic straws. After one drink, these straws wind up in landfills and oceans where they remain for up to 500 years! It's time to #SkiptheStraws.

People around the world are working together to make plastic straw waste a thing of the past. By making a simple commitment to end plastic straw, the #skipthestraws community is helping to ensure cleaner beaches, healthier marine life, and a greener Planet Earth.

So come join the #skipthestraws movement and make the world a better, cleaner place for all!

"A small change can make a BIG difference."

SODA is an all-volunteer, non-partisan grassroots group formed because of our desire to protect and preserve the health and beauty of the Atlantic coast. Our mission is to prevent offshore seismic testing and drilling for oil and gas along our coast. The United States produces more oil and gas than it consumes, allowing the oil and gas industry to sell surplus crude oil around the globe. In truth, oil and gas extracted from the U.S. is simply sold to the highest bidder on the world market. Drilling for additional oil and gas on the Atlantic Continental Shelf only adds to the profits of the fossil fuel industry and does nothing to enhance the energy independence of this country.

Offshore drilling is inherently dangerous – far more so than land-based wells…Recent research has shown that seismic testing (blasting) is hazardous to marine life and other mammals…The economy of the Atlantic coast depends on a healthy ocean to support the vibrant fishing and tourism industries.The economy of the Atlantic coast depends on a health ocean to support the vibrant tourism and fishing independence of this country.

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