Grieving for Our Boulder Community
The news of the shooting at the Kings Soopers in Boulder, Colorado has sent shockwaves through our community. Our hearts are heavy with the loss of 10 innocent lives taken too soon. There is no place for such senseless violence, and yet this happens all too often across our country. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and loved ones of the deceased, and with all who have been impacted by this tragedy.
Our staff and volunteers are safe, and we are grateful to everyone who has reached out. This vanishing safety should not be normalized. It does not have to be this way. We hope to one day soon see an end to the horrific gun violence that has plagued our country for far too long.
Our hearts go out to every town and person traumatized by gun violence.
President Biden’s selection of Congresswoman Deb Haaland to be the next Interior Secretary is a historic choice to lead this crucial department and implement the Biden-Harris climate and conservation plan while protecting our access to public lands and putting people before the profits of oil and gas CEOs.
As the first Indigenous cabinet Secretary, Rep. Haaland will play a pivotal role in healing the wounds the federal government has inflicted on Tribal communities, upholding their trust and ensuring their voices are heard after being shut out for so long. A 35th generation New Mexican, Rep. Haaland has a stellar bipartisan record of fighting for science, climate action, and the protection of iconic landscapes, critical cultural sites, wildlife, and our ocean, rivers, lakes, and streams. She is also a champion for the creation of good-paying clean energy and outdoor recreation jobs.
After four years of the last administration's explicitly pro-polluter policies, Rep. Haaland will bring about a new day at the Department of the Interior with grace, humility, and expertise, fighting to ensure the voices of tribes and local communities are heard in conversations about our public lands -- not just those of oil and gas companies.
Colorado Rep. Neguse Becomes First African American to Lead House Natural Resources Subcommittee
Colorado Representative Joe Neguse has made history of his own, replacing Haaland as Chair of the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands. He is the first Coloradan and the first African American to serve in the role since the Committee was formed 215 years ago.
Congressman Neguse says as Chair he will "work to preserve our public lands, restore our forests, and protect our communities from record-breaking wildfires." He will also work to address climate change throughout our public lands, will be a champion for environmental justice, and will amplify the views of Indigenous communities when considering public lands policy decisions.
We are thrilled that Joe has become Chair of this Committee and are excited to continue to work with his office!
Join the Virtual Ocean Climate Action Hill Day!
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).
Learn more about the Virtual Lobby Days here and join us on April 14 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.
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 Verve, April 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: John Racanelli's Hopeful Aquarium
The search for a dolphin Sanctuary, cold turtle rescues (also seal pups), a coral nursery, a floating wetland in Baltimore harbor visited by eels, crabs and a muskrat, climate change education for millions, the COVID pandemic and environmental justice as key to our future. Our conversation with the National Aquarium’s President and CEO John Racanelli is proof that what you’ll find there today – which he says may be the best time to visit – is not your father’s aquarium.
Inland Ocean Coalition
The Inland Ocean Coalition is a project of The Ocean Foundation, a 501(c)(3)