1. Inform
  2. Educate
  3. Protect
  4. Celebrate

Educate


The Health, Beauty and Ecosystem of Our Beaches is Under Threat.

Beach Driving

Driving on the beach

The driving cause for most of these problems is overdevelopment and poor coastal management. If no buildings crowded the shoreline, there would be no shoreline armoring, beach nourishment, threats to the beach fauna and flora or shoreline erosion problems.

The work of the Santa Aguila Charitable Trust will emphasize the impacts of sand mining and shoreline armoring: the first because the effects of sand mining have been largely ignored on a global scale and the latter due to its overwhelming negative impacts on the world’s beaches.

  • Coastal Care Introduction: The world’s beaches are in dire need of attention.
  • Sea Level Rise: There is no debate: sea level rise is happening right now and threatens all of our beaches.
  • Poor Coastal Development: Even a single building negatively impacts a beach, so it is hard to imagine what hundreds of them might do.
  • Shoreline Armoring: Sea walls and constructed rock shorelines are not beautiful vacation destinations and can eventually destroy the natural beach.
  • Sand Mining: Right now, sand is being taken off beaches all over the world destroying beach habitat, accelerating erosion, and reducing protection from storms.
  • Pollution: Pollution is hazardous to animals and plants, takes many forms, and is an increasing global problem.
  • Mangrove & Coral Destruction: Development and beach construction projects destroy critical habitat for beach plants and animals everyday.

Inform

Protect


The Beach Ecosystem is Made Up of Living and Non-Living Parts.

Educate

Heavy mineral accumulations

Plants and animals and sand and water influence each other, often amidst breathtaking scenery. Greater than the sum of its parts, beaches sustain major portions of global biodiversity. With over half the world’s population living within 50 km of the coast, human influence on that biodiversity is inevitable, making the study of beaches even more important.

  • Beach Basics: Learn how a beach is defined, why beaches are different colors, and the parts of a beach.
  • Exploring the Sand: Sand is a major part of most beaches. Learn some details about sand that you might not know.
  • Waves: What causes waves to break, different types of waves, and rogue waves.
  • Tides: Learn about tides, storm surges, and sea level rise.
  • Sand Dunes: Sand dune formation, types of dunes, and where they exist.
  • Flora and Fauna: The beach is home to scores of amazing plants and animals. Learn just a few of these and make your next visit to the beach a treat.
  • Seashells: Seashells are an important part of biological and geological beach processes as well as an important part of human culture.
  • Safety: Follow these safety tips to reduce risk of danger at the beach.

Educate

Celebrate


You Can Make a Difference and Help Save Our Beaches

Protect

Low tide seawall marsh, Pivers Island

Learn simple things that you can do to help protect beaches starting with simply educating others about the beach thereby helping us celbrate the beauty of the world’s beaches.

  • Advocacy: Learn what the experts are saying on major beach issues. Follow these simple tips to make sure your impact is reduced and others can enjoy the beach too.
  • Petition on Sand Mining: Sign our petition to end global beach sand mining.
  • Petition on Hardened Beach Structures: Sign our petition supporting the ban on hardened beach structures in North Carolina.
  • Donate: Support our mission.

Protect


How do you celebrate the beach? Let us know!

Celebrating the beach is key! Compete in our drawing contest, write a poem, share a photograph, tell a story or play a game. The beach holds something for everyone!

  • Art Contest: Send us your art and it may end up on this site.
  • Games: Mazes, puzzles, crosswords, coloring activities, and more.
  • Resources: Our growing list of all things coastal.
  • Beach Poetry: Drawing the line in the sand.

Surfing in / Celebrate

Earth Day 2014: How It Became a Global Environmental Event

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Celebrate, Inform
Apr
21

More than a billion people around the world will celebrate Earth Day on April 22, 2014—the 44th anniversary of the annual day of action, during which people engage in various activities in honour of the Mother Earth pledging to do something to protect the environment.

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Painting with Islands and Sunglint

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Celebrate, Inform
Apr
19

Sometimes the imagery is remarkable simply for its beauty. When the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite looked down on the Lesser Antilles, the combination of sunlight, islands, and wind painted a beautiful scene on the surface of the Caribbean Sea.

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Action Climate

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Action Climate is an image from HA Schult.

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Sculptures of Ocean Plastic Raise Awareness for the Sea

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Washed up plastics and marine garbage pose a threat to the ecosystems and animal lives they invade, a problem which activists have worked to bring light to in recent years. While news and science are powerful mediums for conveying these messages, the work of artists has also played an important role in the sharing of concern…

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TripAdvisor picks: World’s 10 best beaches

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Celebrate
Mar
18

The pristine Brazilian beach at Baia do Sancho in Fernando de Noronha – a volcanic archipelago off the coast of Brazil- takes top honors on TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice best beaches list, released Tuesday.

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Voyage of Discovery : An Art Exhibit Explores Polar Transformations

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A new AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) exhibition takes gallery visitors on an imaginary journey to a polar region in the throes of climate change.

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Recycling The Stoke

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ReSurf, a mentoring program that brings surfing to underprivileged children and teens around the world…

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The Sunnydale Kids, Movie

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“We can’t pretend to fix all of the problems inner city kids face. What we can do is give them a fun day out…”

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Ten Reasons Why We Need More Contact With Nature

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Celebrate, Inform
Feb
14

Researchers have found that regardless of culture people have an inborn affiliation for nature and gravitate to images of nature. We have a human right to a meaningful connection to nature, we have the responsibilities that come with that right, and we have to stop destroying the nature around us.

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“My earliest memories are of the beach, of learning how to swim, bodysurf and finally find my passion of surfing. I have made a life out of going surfing and some of my most enjoyable moments have happened out in the surf - but without the beach, there is no surf, no one without the other. All over the world our beaches are under severe threat, primarily from problems that we have created. Over development is the main culprit and we all need to dig our feet into the sand, and make a stand, and protect that fragile band of gold between the material world and the ocean.”

—Shaun Tomson

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