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Seaside Advocacy Initiatives & Legislation

Seaside Advocacy Initiatives & Legislation

S.A.I.L.

The Legislation and Advocacy Team name has been updated to SAIL, where we emphasize Seaside’s Mission and promote education, advocacy, initiatives and cooperation with legislative bodies across the nation, states and local municipalities to support new legislative proposals and to ask for change in existing laws/regulations/rules as the climate crisis intensifies.

Our Team Organization

The SAIL team follows the Seaside all-volunteer model - our Team is supervised by Fellows (generally college graduates and post-graduate students and graduates) who all share expertise in different phases of environmental studies and who work closely with our Department Managers (DM’s). The DM’s are college students who have a demonstrated interest and passion for environmental issues. The DM’s work closely with our Interns (college or select high school students) who come forward to devote considerable amounts of their time to investigate, research, develop and produce different pieces that are circulated outside of Seaside. The work of our four sub-teams (one to each DM) comes from ideas and suggestions primarily from the Interns, the DM’s and the Fellows.

The Reach of Our Team 

SAIL is an outwardly facing Team within Seaside. We address environmental issues on a nationwide basis, by individual states or state compacts and down to the county and local level. Our initial geographic area of concentration was (and remains) Massachusetts where Seaside is headquartered. We reach well beyond the Bay State as we identify environmental issues that bear upon the oceans, waterways, lakes, marshes and any environment relating to marine life. Environmental and climate problems (dilemmas, threats etc.) do not respect geographic boundaries and while endangering marine life, they adversely affect all forms of life on this planet.

Our Four Teams

Zero Waste

Addressing the circular economy, non-reusable and non-biodegradable products.

Preventable Marine Pollution

Recognizing that all forms of pollution in the waters harms marine life, can migrate to harm our lives and can lead to the loss of life forms and a healthy world.

Safe Sustainable Products

Originally focusing on Enhanced Product Responsibility, now enlarged to address the threats of chemicals that pollute our environment and represent health dangers to all life.

Climate Mitigation

Focusing on the problem of carbon in the atmosphere and acidification of the oceans. This sub-team investigates different potential or floated “solutions” to carbon pollution such as a carbon tax and carbon cap and trade.

Our Expanded Approach

We have devoted our work to include examining aspects of Environmental Justice, Economic Justice, Fairness and non-discrimination in the work that we undertake. For every suggested environmental remedy to address climate damage, there is the risk of indirect and unintended allocation of costs and burdens which can be unfair to different individuals. We take a benefit and burden approach to examine the potential effects of environmental change.

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Provide Flexibility

As new issues surface or demand more immediate consideration, we are flexible enough to reassign staff within our sub-teams or to redefine the scope of any particular subteam. This flexibility permits us to address new or time sensitive issues to further Seaside’s Mission.

Across all of our sub-teams we continue to communicate with legislators on all levels to work with other like-minded environmental organizations to have our voices heard and to address legislation that is being considered - whether it fits our Mission or does not. We have engaged in letter writing campaigns, email campaigns, letters to editors and the like to get that message out. Some of this outreach has involved legislative proposals and action on state bottle bills, single use plastics bans (as all levels) and the removal of PFAS class of chemicals from everyday use where those chemicals are unsafe to humans and to all life forms.