The Santa Cruz community fought to relocate the offshore oil rigs that were being placed along the central coast in the late 1970s. After winning their initial battle, they founded Save Our Shores to act on behalf of Monterey Bay citizens in the event of future threats to the coastline. Today, Save Our Shores continues this work through three primary initiatives. The plastic-pollution, clean-boating, and ocean-awareness programs all contribute to the health and cleanliness of the marine ecosystem. Save Our Shores also advocates for local bans on single-use plastic bags and polystyrene containers, and hosts more than 200 beach cleanups per year with teams of volunteer sanctuary stewards to remove litter that may harm the environment.
Calls to “Save the Frogs!” rang out among a crowd of supporters surrounding the Environmental Protection Agency in 2011. Save the Frogs! supporters gathered to protest the pesticide atrazine, which causes male frogs to develop female traits, according to a report from the Washington Post. Although the EU banned atrazine in 2004, the fight to end its use in the United States continues with another rally on October 12—the International Day of Pesticide Action.
These efforts for frog conservation epitomize the goal of Save the Frogs!, but the threats to frogs run far and wide. They face extinction from disease, habitat destruction, and international trade—factors that have led to the disappearance of up to 200 amphibian species since 1979. Concerned about this trend, Dr. Kerry Kringer founded Save the Frogs! in 2008. Since then, he has sponsored educational programs and protests like the one in DC to limit frog importation and increase conservation efforts. Every year on April 27, Save the Frogs! also coordinates a worldwide amphibian conservation day—Save the Frogs Day—in 50 countries, including its second base in Ghana. With time, Save the Frogs! aims to keep frogs safe around the world and stabilize their population growth in the wild.
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With a staff of trainers made up of former professional and collegiate athletes, Extreme Fitness Boot Camp motivates both men and women to take on healthy habits for life. Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, the troupe hosts rigorous boot-camp classes at three different locations. During the sessions, these experienced trainers push boot-camp attendees of all fitness levels through plyometric circuits, strength and agility drills, and plenty of cardio exercises. The company can also provide nutritional tips that—when coupled with these vigorous workouts—can help clients shed fat on tummies, sculpt muscles in arms, and sprout smart second heads from necks.
The marquee of a pretend movie theater hangs over a foosball table, and libraries, pet stores, and waterworks surround the green, blue, and yellow tables peppered with housemade play-doh cut into animal shapes. This colorful scene welcomes infants, toddlers, and their parents to The Duck Pond’s safe and clean indoor space, where they can play make-believe and learn while building social skills in a friendly environment. During every play session at the nonprofit, kids also receive healthy snacks, which help satisfy appetites built up after licking their lips over all that tasty play-doh.