Dear friends,

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 force here
  • 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
  • Check out this list of Anti-Racism Resources 
  • Look through this list of National Resources which contains: 
    • A list of attorneys offering legal services
    • 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.

In solidarity, 

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.


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World Oceans Day Events

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. 

Find World Oceans Day events near you here


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.


Capitol Hill Ocean Week

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. 

Learn more and register here.


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! 

Learn more and watch the trailer here


Upcoming Chapter Events

Science and Solutions to Plastic Pollution with Dr. Marcus Eriksen, Wyoming Chapter

TONIGHT from 6-7pm MT. This event is free and registration is required. Register here!

Tidepool Book Reading & Virtual Exploration, Central Texas and Colorado Chapters with Save Our Shores

11-12pm MT. Learn more and register here

Ocean Dance Party, Central Texas and Colorado Chapters with Save Our Shores

Shimmy your way with us this World Oceans Day as we dance for the ocean! 1-2pm MT. Learn more and register here

A Fintastic Tale: Mount Madonna 5th Grade Live Q&A, Central Texas and Colorado Chapters with Save Our Shores

Tune in LIVE from 3-4pm MT for this fun and educational discussion about sharks! Register here

A Conversation with Jessica Fairlie: Teenage Ocean Steward, Central Texas and Colorado Chapters with Save Our Shores

2-3pm MT. Register here

Waves & Wildlife: A Virtual Tour & Dialogue about our MPAs, Central Texas and Colorado Chapters with Save Our Shores 

7-8pm MT. Learn more and register here

Ocean Trivia Night, Central Texas and Colorado Chapters with Save Our Shores 

7-9pm MT. Learn more and register here


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..."

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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