We stand in solidarity with every community working to end police brutality, systemic racism, and the profound injustices that black, indigenous, and people of color face around the world. We condemn the acts of violence that took the lives of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and so many others. Protest is a constitutional right that must be defended and honored, especially in the face of deep, systemic inequality, injustice, and authoritarian violence.
Together with every community that has been forced to endure loss of life, we raise our voices across the world with one unified message: Black Lives Matter.
Here are some things we can do:
Support Reps. Ayanna Pressley, Ilhan Omar, Barbara Lee, and Karen Bass’s resolution to condemn police brutality, racial profiling, and use of excessive forcehere
Call or email your elected leaders and urge them to pass legislation addressing systemic police violence and abuse, and to promote accountability and community-police trust
A list of action items for people who cannot donate or protest in person
A list of bail funds, memorial funds, mutual aid projects, and other organizations and organizers who need funds
We are listening, we are learning, and we are taking steps.
The Inland Ocean Coalition team
June is National Ocean Month
The ocean supports everything we do and supports all life on earth. We'll be celebrating our ocean during the month of June, helping to build support for continued engagement and action for strong ocean protection across the country. From 30x30 (protecting 30% of our lands and ocean by 2030), to ocean climate action, supporting National Marine Sanctuaries, Capitol Hill Ocean Week, and of course World Oceans Day on June 8, read on to find how you can get involved.
During World Oceans Day on June 8th, people around our blue planet celebrate the ocean. Get together (in personal or virtually) with your family, friends, community, and the rest of the planet to start creating a better future. Working together, we can and will protect our shared ocean and the life the ocean supports.
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 World Oceans Day, join us in building support for this critical resolution by signing the petition below.
This year, the nation’s premier ocean and Great Lakes policy conference, Capitol Hill Ocean Week (CHOW), is going virtual. On June 9th, CHOW 2020 will showcase amazing speakers all over the world in a discussion on conserving biodiversity for the long term health of our communities and the planet. Panels include Global Action for Ocean, Climate and Biodiversity; High Seas: Shared Stewardship for Our Global Ocean; Restoring our Waters, and many more. Click here for more information and to register for free.
EarthXOcean: Protecting the Life Support System of the Ocean
Join the EarthxOcean Conference virtually from June 9-11 for sessions on the High Seas Initiative, Coral Reef Restoration, Sustainable Fisheries and Ocean Plastic Solutions.
Hosts and speakers include Dr. Sylvia Earle, Fabien Cousteau, Captain Paul Watson, Julie Packard, Dr. Enric Sala, Danni Washington, and many more.
One Ocean Film Tour features ocean films focused on adventure, the aquatic environment, and ocean inspiration. This exclusive online live film event will be available June 8th for World Oceans Day. Pre-order is available now and the film will be viewable for 48 hours after purchase.
Use code IOC at checkout to have 50% of net proceeds go to support our work!
New IOC Blog: How Ocean Health is Improving During the Pandemic
Check out our most recent blog post written by Maya Chastang, an 8th grader at Summit Middle School in Boulder, Colorado.
"In the midst of a global pandemic, it’s hard to see how any good can come from this tragedy. However, because people are traveling and polluting less, the environment is getting a well-deserved break.
"I’ve been seeing a lot of posts on social media lately, reporting wild goats wandering down from the hills in Wales and into people’s yards, and drastically clearer skies in Los Angeles. I wanted to look deeper into how the ocean is reacting to this slowing of human activity, and see if this gives us insight as to how we can restore our ocean to health..."