Plastic Free July, Marine Monuments, National Pollinator Week, and More ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌

Earlier this month, President Trump signed an executive order to roll back protections on the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument, the only Marine Monument in the Atlantic. This monument is teeming with biodiversity and is a critical habitat for endangered whales, sea turtles, and deep sea corals that are thousands of years old. 

Here are some things we can do:

  • Sign the petition to help protect the Northeast Canyons & Seamounts
  • Call or email your elected leaders and urge them to support resolutions like 30x30
  • Share articles and information about the Seamounts and the importance of marine protected areas on your social media

As we know from research around the world, marine protected areas (MPAs) are critical for marine wildlife and act as a refuge for countless species. Protecting more of our ocean and supporting MPAs is key to having healthy and thriving marine ecosystems into the future. 


National Ocean Month is Here

June continues to be an exciting month as we celebrate our world's ocean. Thank you for being a voice for the ocean this month and always! If you haven't already, there is still time to get involved. 

You could talk to your friends and family about the importance of 30x30 and of marine protected areas, or let your members of Congress know that these issues are important to you. You can also make a donation to the inland ocean to help us continue to protect our ocean and waterways. 


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The 30x30 Resolution

Legistation has been put forward to protect 30% of the ocean and 30% of the land in the United States by 2030. Just like national parks protect habitats and animals on land, marine protected areas safeguard habitats and animals in the ocean. The Thirty by Thirty Resolution to Save Nature establishes a national goal of conserving at least 30 percent of the land and 30 percent of the ocean within the territory of the United States by 2030, creating a roadmap for reversing the conservation, climate, and wildlife crises. For National Oceans Month, help us to build support for this critical resolution by signing the petition below.


It's National Pollinator Week!

Vicki Nichols Goldstein, Director of the Inland Ocean Coalition, supports pollinators by having and maintaining a pesticide-free yard. 

National Pollinator Week, from June 22-28, is a time to celebrate pollinators and spread the word about what we can do to protect them. Bees, butterflies, beetles, birds, bats and other small mammals that pollinate bring us one of every three bits of food and sustain ecosystems around the globe. Life as we know it would not be possible without them. 

Did you know that many of the things we can do to help pollinators also help protect our ocean and waterways? Here are some things you can do to help pollinators:

  • Go pesticide-free. Choose organic food if you are able and opt not to spray pesticides and herbicides on your lawn, many of which have been outlawed in other countries and are deadly to pollinators and other wildlife (not to mention they can be highly toxic to pets and children). They also are a major source of pollution in our ocean and waterways. 
  • If you have a lawn, turn part of it into a pollinator garden that supports bees, butterflies, and other wildlife.
  • Use native plants! Not only do they support pollinators and other wildlife far more than non-native plants, they also use less water and are easier to maintain. Find your native plants here!

Learn more about pollinators and how you can help them here! 


Plastic Free July

It's almost that time of year: Plastic-free July is nearly here! While the summer sets in, join us in the challenge of living plastic-free for one month. It's a great way to see just how much you can do to support our oceans--you might be pleasantly suprised! Click here for more information.


Upcoming Chapter Events

Blue Drinks and the Power of the Pollinator, Wyoming Chapter

In celebration of Pollinator's week (June 22-28), the Wyoming Chapter of the Inland Ocean Coalition is pleased to present Mel Fegler, Executive Director of PX3-Pollinators Prospering People, as she discusses the need to increase sustainable pollinator habitats. 

Group Raise Meal, Colorado Chapter

The IOC will be hosting a GroupRaise meal on July 15th from 5-8pm at Modern Market Eatery in Boulder. Anyone who eats in or orders out (must place your order in the restaurant) and mentions they are there to support the Inland Ocean Coalition will get 50% of their meal price donated to our organization.

Boulder Environmental Film Festival, Colorado Chapter

Boulder Environmental/Nature/Outdoors Film Festival celebrates the natural world around us – the ocean, land ecology, the air we breathe.


New IOC Blog: On the Northeast Canyons and Seamount Rollback

Check out our most recent blog post written by Sophia Zengierski, our new Development & Communications Manager, on the recent protections rollback on marine monuments. 

in trying to protect 30% of our ocean and land by 2030, every protected area is critical. Learn more about the rollback and its effects, as well as what you can do to support our marine protected areas. 

Read more 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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