Biden Commits to Protecting 30% of US Lands and Ocean

President Biden signed an Executive Order on January 27 to address the climate and conservation crises in the US and around the world. The measures Biden has committed to will: 

  • Center the Climate Crisis in US Foreign Policy and National Security Considerations:  Exercise US leadership to reduce emissions in the short term and reach net zero global emissions by 2050 while developing the US's emissions reduction target plan under the Paris Agreement
  • Rebuild our Infrastructure for a Sustainable Economy: Catalyze job creation, ensure that federal infrastructure investments reduce climate change impacts, and accelerate clean energy projects
  • Advance Conservation, Agriculture, and Reforestation: Commits to the goal of conserving at least 30% of our land and ocean by 2030 and launches a process for stakeholder engagement from fishermen, Tribes, Territories, States, local officials, and landowners while working to conserve and restore public lands and waters, increase reforestation and carbon sequestration in agriculture, protect biodiversity, and improve access to recreation
  • Secure Environmental Justice and Spur Economic Opportunity: Make environmental justice part of the mission of every federal agency while addressing current and historical environmental injustices, including strengthening environmental justice monitoring and enforcement
  • Revitalize Energy Communities: Reduce emissions of pollutants from existing and abandoned infrastructure from thousands of former mining and well sites and explore opportunities to turn areas like brownfields into new hubs for economic growth 

We are thrilled at these measures to protect our lands, climate, and waters, as well as President Biden's recognition that protecting our ocean is key to protecting our climate.


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There's Still Time to Apply!

Want to become an ocean champion in your community? The Inland Ocean Ambassador Certification Program is a 5-session, 5-week online training program that gives participants the tools they need to get involved in ocean protection, no matter where they live. 

The program also includes presentations by and discussions with top minds in the ocean protection field and concludes with a 6-month engagement period where ambassadors work directly with IOC staff to work on key ocean protection issues. 

Applications are due no later than Friday February 12. 


Upcoming Events

Conservation of the North Atlantic Right Whale, February 10th, 6pm MST

There are only 366 Atlantic Right Whales left in the North Atlantic. For the first time in years, we have an opportunity to address the cause of death and send letters to NOAA to deal with this tragic situation. 

Colorado Environmental Film Fest, February 12-21

The Colorado Environmental Film Festival (CEFF) is an exciting, inspiring, and energizing event that includes world-class environmental films with representatives from local and national organizations. CEFF screens feature-length and short films by foreign, local, and young filmmakers.

Regenerative Earth SummitFebruary 24-25

The 3rd session of this Summit will address what investing in a regenerative world looks like, finance barriers to overcome, innovations in technology, and policies that can create the missing infrastructure and incentives to advance adaption of both regenerative agriculture and a regenerative-focused economy. 


Rising Tide Podcast: Meet the Blue in Greenpeace 

Join the wide-ranging discussion with John Hocevar, Greenpeace USA’s Oceans Campaign Director.  From piloting two-person submarines into deep canyons in the Bering Sea to Antarctic ocean floors covered in sea stars to fighting plastic pollution and recording the impacts of the BP oil spill  – hear about John’s efforts and adventures. 

Listen here!


Inland Ocean Coalition
Boulder, Colorado 
 The Inland Ocean Coalition is a project of The Ocean Foundation, a 501(c)(3)

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