We're holding our 2nd annual Masquerade Mermaid Ball on October 15th, virtually of course, starting at 6 pm MT/8pm ET over Facebook Live, YouTube Live and other digital platforms. Join us for a night of ocean-filled fun that you won't soon forget!
The hour-long event will have a variety of entertainment, including an MC, special guest appearances, videos, and an online auction. If you'd like, please feel free to get dressed up like last year!
We're currently looking for auction items and sponsors, so even if you cannot make the ball, you can still help! Please contact our Development Manager, Sophia Zengierski, if you'd like to donate to our auction, become a sponsor, or with any questions about the event.
The Senate Democrats’ Special Committee on the Climate Crisis was established in 2019 to examine how climate change is affecting the country and the planet, and to mobilize action and support for bold climate solutions. Now the Senate Democrats’ Special Committee has set forth a framework with The Case for Climate Action: Building a Clean Economy for the American People to reduce U.S. carbon pollution rapidly to help reach 100% net-zero emissions by 2050.
The report recognizes the role of our coasts and ocean in this effort in areas such as offshore wind development; port electrification; reduction in shipping emissions; protection of blue carbon; addressing ocean warming and acidification; and the cost of inaction when it comes to curbing sea level rise. We need bold leadership in Congress and the White House to accelerate this transition so we can address the climate crisis and provide a healthier future for generations to come.
If the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us anything, it is that human health, the environment, and the economy are all connected. We need to focus on protecting the things that are essential to the well-being and health of our communities, like clean drinking water, clean air, healthy food supplies, natural places, and biodiversity that protects us from disease and that is the source of so many cures in medicine.
Read more here.
Reusables Are Safe During the Pandemic
Check out our most recent blog post from IOC intern Emerson Damiano!
...During the pandemic, Big Plastic has taken advantage of peoples’ fear, falsely claiming that single-use plastics are the most hygienic and safe choice. Such fearmongering ignores the fact that many more people touch most plastic items throughout the supply chain than would be the case with dishes,glasses, and utensils washed in a restaurant. Since COVID-19 began, The International Solid Waste Association estimates that the production of single-use plastics has increased by 250-300 percent. Surgical face masks, disinfecting materials, hand sanitizer, gloves, single-use takeaway items, etc. have begun to accumulate in the environment as usage has increased. Environmental officials fear that soon there could be more masks in the Mediterranean than jellyfish.
Paddle Crow Creek Cleanup, Wyoming Chapter, August 29, 8:30am-3pm MT
Brink your kayak, canoe or raft, or walk along the shoreline as we clean up Granite Reservoir. Space is limited so reserve your spot here. Curt Gowdy State Park is sponsoring your park pass!
An Evening with Capt. Peter Hammarstedt, Colorado Chapter, August 29, 6-7pm
Don't miss this special virtual event with Weaver's Dive & Travel and Captain Peter Hammarstedt. In his fifteen years with Sea Shepherd, he has sailed the seven seas from the Labrador Coast to Antarctica, using direct intervention to save as many lives as possible from illegal whaling, sealing and destructive fishing practices. Register here!
Virtual ScubaCon, Colorado Chapter, September 12-18 (times vary for each day)
ScubaCon is still happening this year! Though it might look a little different, in order to protect customers, vendors, and staff, ScubaCon 2020 will be a virtual seminar series spread out over the course of a week with incredible prize giveaways after each seminar. We hope to see you there!
Inland Ocean Coalition
The Inland Ocean Coalition is a project of The Ocean Foundation, a 501(c)(3)