President Biden has taken bold action on ocean and climate issues in his first 100 days. His Administration understands that the ocean is not just a victim of climate change, but a powerful source of solutions with the potential to provide a fifth of the greenhouse gas emission reductions needed globally. During his first 100 days, President Biden has: 

  1. Restored the US as a global leader on ocean and climate by setting a target for a 50% reduction of greenhouse gases from 2005 levels by 2030. 
  2. Kickstarted an ocean-based clean energy revolution and paused leasing for offshore oil and gas development. 
  3. Prioritized environmental justice in ocean and climate decisions by strengthening Tribal consultation for federal priorities, ensuring polluting industries pay for environmental cleanup, and asking a court to reverse Trump's rollbacks to the National Environmental Policy Act. 
  4. Called for new investments in ocean and climate science and coastal resilience, including increased funding for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. 
  5. Supported ocean sanctuaries for fish and wildlife to adapt to climate change, including a goal to protect 30% of the ocean by 2030 and ordering a review of protections for the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts National Monument. 

Applications are Open!

Our virtual IOA Certification Training is designed to prepare individuals with the skills and tools to be powerful advocates for ocean and watershed health. Over five weeks, Ambassadors from all over the country learn from top ocean advocates, scientists, and policymakers, and network with other Ambassadors and partner organizations to expand their ocean and water expertise. 

The training covers watershed health, plastic pollution, the ocean as a solution to climate change, marine protected areas, fisheries management and sustainable seafood, the power of storytelling, how we are Heartwired to love the ocean, and much more. 

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Ready to Ditch Plastic Bags?

Photo courtesy of grownetwork.

In honor of Earth Day, we’ve decided to keep it simple with one big step to make a difference for our outdoor spaces and ocean—ditching plastic bags! The first step is to take our month-long pledge to ditch your plastic bag habit.

Get your funkiest reusable bags out, keep them by your door, or store them in your car—do what you need to do to remind yourself that reusable bags are your friend for the next four weeks—and hopefully for good!


Legislation to Reduce Plastic Pollution in Colorado 

Critical legislation is currently being considered in Colorado that would significantly decrease the amount of single-use plastic that is used in the state and that ends up littering the environment. Get the lowdown on this important legislation and what you can do to get involved!

IOC intern and Dartmouth Student Rose Iannuzzi walks us through the Plastic Pollution Reduction Act (HB 21-1162) in our latest blog post. Read more here!


Plastic Pollution Rally at the Colorado State Capitol in 2019. 


Check Out Our Recent Feature in GAIA!

Thank you to GAIA for the interview and for sharing our work! We look forward to continuing to work together. 

GAIA is a worldwide alliance of more than 800 grassroots groups, NGOs, and individuals in over 90 countries that aims to catalyze a global shift towards environmental justice by strengthening grassroots social movements that advance solutions to waste and pollution. 



Beautiful Landscapes Without Toxic Chemicals 

Our Wyoming chapter recently hosted a virtual event with Jay Feldman, co-founder and executive director of Beyond Pesticides, who discussed land management practices and how critical they are to the health of our communities and ecosystems. 

Sound land management is critical to the health of people and ecosystems. Unfortunately, we are still using toxic insecticides, herbicides, pesticides, and fungicides that are linked to serious illness, from cancer to diabetes. 


The chemicals are also directly associated with decline of pollinators, birds, and overall ecological balance. The good news is that we do not need these toxic substances to maintain beautiful landscapes and playing fields. Organic management, including soil management and proper maintenance, can replace toxic inputs and create landscapes that are healthy for people and pets, in sync with nature while cycling nutrients naturally, and protecting wildlife, waterways, and people.

It's never too late to implement more ecologically and human-friendly landscaping practices! 


Inland Ocean Coalition Fundraiser

Julia is an 8th grader from Summit Middle School in Boulder, CO. For her 8th-grade capstone project she created original artwork that she is selling on a variety of limited-edition products such as ball caps, stickers, mugs, tote bags, and note pads to raise money for the Inland Ocean Coalition. She's built an Etsy site where these can be purchased, and all prices include a donation to the Inland Ocean Coalition. Please consider supporting her project, and our work! 


Upcoming Events


May Blue Drinks with Alex Truelove of Break Free From PlasticMay 4, 6pm MDT

Alex is the Zero Waste Director for U.S. PIRG (Public Interest Research Group). He'll talk about ways to address plastic pollution at the federal level, including the Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act (BFFPP) - the most comprehensive bill ever introduced in Congress to address plastic pollution, and what we can all do to get involved. 

Boulder Reservoir Beach Cleanup, Colorado Chapter, May 11, 12pm MDT

We'll provide cleanup materials! Remember to bring water, sunscreen, comfy clothes, gloves, and mask. All are invited to join and we hope that you'll consider participating in our future events if you can't make this one!


Purple Drinks and Screening of Purple Mountain, May 18, 5:30pm

Follow professional snowboarder and mountaineer, Jeremy Jones, as he sets out on a journey to find common ground with fellow outdoorsmen across diverse political backgrounds to discuss the impact of climate change on our mountains' snowpack or lack of. Purple Mountains navigates American's divide with a refreshing perspective: even though we may disagree about climate policy, our shared values can unite us.


Rising Tide Podcast: Roz Savage's Three Oceans

Join us in conversation with the amazing Roz Savage.  Roz is the first (and so far only) woman to row solo across the world’s “Big Three” oceans: the Atlantic, the Pacific, and the Indian. A Guinness World Record holder, appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire by the Queen, she talks about her motivations, challenges and what she learned about how we can all make a difference for our blue planet.

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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