Indigenous-Led Resistance to 'Climate Time Bomb' Pipeline

The Inland Ocean Coalition has joined over 370 organizations in signing a letter to President Biden urging him to reject the Line 3 Pipeline, just as he rejected the Keystone XL Pipeline on Inauguration Day. Line 3 is a disastrous attempt by Canadian oil giant Enbridge Energy to build a pipeline from Canada's tar sands region through Northern Minnesota to Superior, Wisconsin.

The pipeline would violate several treaties with the Ojibwe people, would cross 200 bodies of water, including the Mississippi twice, and would carry thousands of barrels of tar sands—some of the dirtiest oil on Earth—each day. Its carbon footprint would exceed the entire state of Minnesota's, extending the economic viability of this highly polluting and ecologically devastating crude oil source. 

Tribal nations, community, and environmental groups have fought for six years to stop this project. Please join with those trying to protect our waters, our climate, and the rights of the indigenous peoples of these lands in saying NO to this disastrous project. 

Here's what you can do: 

  • Learn more about this project and get involved at
  • Sign this petition urging President Biden to stop the Line 3 Pipeline
  • Share this information with your friends and family!

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Broad Citizen Lobby to Promote Ocean Climate Action

In what is expected to be the largest ocean lobby day in US history, the Ocean Climate Action Plan (OCAP) coalition will promote job-generating ocean solutions to the climate crisis over two days of meetings: April 13 (agency meetings - by invitation only) and 14 (capitol hill day - public participation encouraged).  

The Inland Ocean Coalition is a sponsor of the lobby day and one of its key organizers. We are working to galvanize inland communities through our chapter and volunteer networks. 

Learn more about the Virtual Lobby Days here and to join us on April 14 click here! You can also share with your friends and help empower 1,000 people to lobby Congress on April 14th on behalf of ocean solutions for the climate crisis.


Chapter Highlight: Wyoming

Kelly Wright, our fearless Wyoming Chapter Lead, is working to protect her community and those downstream from the impacts of plastic pollution. Kelly has been pushing for a plastic bag ban in Cheyenne, and is now working to defeat SF0125, which would make it impossible to pass local ordinances banning single-use plastic bags and other single-use plastics like styrofoam.

"The American Legislative Exchange Council, where corporate lobbyists and state legislators vote as equals on "model bills" that often benefit the corporations' bottom line at public expense, has made preemption part of its new playbook to rein in environmental regulation. The plastics industry has found that they have more power at the state level and are increasingly focusing legislative efforts on preemption bills to block all progress at regulating plastic pollution at the local level." - Exerpt from Kelly's newsletter

Furthermore, the Bill's main sponsor, Senator Ed Cooper, is an oil and gas consultant (fossil fuels are the building blocks of plastic).

How to get involved if you're in Wyoming: 

Please get in touch with your legislators! The directory for WY Senators can be found HERE; Representatives HERE. Please let Kelly know what responses you get. You can send any comments and questions to her at


Upcoming Events

Blue Drinks with Tez Steinberg, March 16, 6pm MDT

Join the Inland Ocean Coalition and Tez Steinberg as he talks about the United World Challenge - where he solo rowed the Pacific Ocean from California to Hawaii to inspire a more courageous world and to raise scholarships for United World Challenges.

Chat with Seacoast Science Center Marine Mammal Rescue, March 30, 5pm MDT

Join the IOC and Brian Yurasits from Seacoast Science Center Marine Mammal Rescue as we dive into the world of marine mammals in New England! You'll learn about the past exploitation of these iconic animals, current threats that they face in our modern world, and how YOU can help support these marine conservation efforts.

April Blue Drinks with Blue Verve, April 13, 6pm MDT 

Make yourself a Blue Drink and come learn about Sherpani's Blue Verve Project with Program Coordinator Erica Bishop. Blue Verve inspires individuals and organizations to eliminate ocean plastic pollution at the source by raising consciousness, providing educational resources and supporting meaningful action. 

Creek Cleanup with Blue VerveApril 24, 11am MDT

Join us for a creek cleanup hosted with Sherpani's Blue Verve Project! We'll provide all the cleanup materials. Just remember to bring water, sunscreen, clothes you don't mind getting dirty, gloves, and mask. All are invited to join.


Rising Tide Podcast: Stuart Coleman's Island Adventures

David talks with Hawaii-based author and activist Stuart Coleman about his 30-year journey surfing and writing about ocean legends such as big wave surfer Eddie Aikau. Also his decade long work leading Surfrider Hawaii in their many battles won to keep the ocean clean and safe from plastic pollution, toxic sunscreen and more, plus, his latest passion to get the poop out of the water through incineration and recycling of our waste products. Talk about Hot Sh*t!

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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