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What is Surge?

Surge is an online hub to learn about and grow your daily relationship with our blue planet— diving into tangible and timely ways to act and advocate for it. Learn how to reduce your environmental footprint at home, receive opportunities to take action for wildlife right to your inbox, or go deep on environmental legislation with our experts. It’s all here in engaging ways that work for you, joining others in making a big impact.

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Meet the community

Fishes school. Bees swarm. Penguins live in colonies. Sharks have their shivers. Frogs form an army. Now, we need you: our Surge of supporters.

We need your energy, your passion and your ideas to drive our new community dedicated to building a healthy and equitable future for all members of our shared planet.

Nature needs all of us working towards a shared the way we’re each comfortable doing so. Taking action in your daily life, calling a representative to hold corporate polluters accountable, or making a gift to support a biodiverse world all hold equal weight here.

We’re all working towards a world thriving with aquatic animal life.

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    900 Letters

    Letters sent to Congress by Surge members advocating for policies that protect wildlife

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    3,000 Members

    Earth-loving members, working together to tackle climate change and prevent extinction

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    350 Cities

    Cities—from Manchester, United Kingdom to Dallas, Texas—where Surge members live and are making a difference over the world!

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  • A diver ties dangling coral polyps to a tall propagation frame.
  • A Shedd staff member digs in to plant plants with a grin