Ocean Currents » take action http://blog.oceanconservancy.org News, opinions, photos and facts from Ocean Conservancy Fri, 28 Apr 2017 22:26:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 5 Tough Questions for Rex Tillerson, the Ocean and YOU http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2017/01/11/5-tough-questions-for-rex-tillerson-the-ocean-and-you/ http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2017/01/11/5-tough-questions-for-rex-tillerson-the-ocean-and-you/#comments Wed, 11 Jan 2017 14:29:36 +0000 Jeff Watters http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/?p=13605

It’s a new year, and I resolve to continue championing for ocean conservation in 2017—no matter how the tides may change in Washington, D.C. Will you help me?

This week, Rex Tillerson, nominee for Secretary of State, will begin Senate confirmation hearings. As Mr. Tillerson is questioned by senators about his qualifications for the job, we want to make sure he’s asked about the ocean.

For Mr. Tillerson’s entire career, he’s worked for a single company—ExxonMobil. As Exxon’s CEO, he was obligated to work for the interests of Exxon’s shareholders.

But if he’s confirmed as Secretary of State, will he work for the American people, our country and our country’s environment?

Ask your Senators to submit ocean questions for Mr. Tillerson to answer on the record.

If you’re thinking to yourself, “does the Secretary of State have anything to do with ocean conservation?” Great question! Here are a few examples:

  • The State Department pursues international agreements to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (such as the Paris Treaty) that impact ocean acidification, ocean temperatures and sea level rise.
  • The State Department plays a key role in protecting the Arctic, as part of the Arctic Council and the decisions made at the U.S. and international level.
  • The State Department launched the Our Ocean Conference three years ago, and has worked closely with foreign governments on international commitments for ocean conservation.

It’s time to draw a line in the sand—ocean conservation is so important and we can’t turn back all of the progress we’ve made. Accountability starts today! Will Mr. Tillerson commit to working for the interests of the American people? Will you join me in holding the upcoming Trump Administration accountable to you, me and the ocean?

Please take action today by asking your Senators to submit ocean questions for Mr. Tillerson to answer on the record.

Together, we will continue to protect the ocean!

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From Sea to Shining Sea http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2016/11/04/from-sea-to-shining-sea/ http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2016/11/04/from-sea-to-shining-sea/#comments Fri, 04 Nov 2016 13:49:57 +0000 Janis Searles Jones http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/?p=13288

“We the People of the United States, in order to form more perfect protection of our ocean…”

Let’s take a break from election coverage and come together as one nation in love with the ocean.

Regardless of our politics, we can all agree that the ocean is important. From sea to shining sea, we depend on the ocean for our food supply, the air we breathe, our economy and our ability to protect our shores against storms. That’s why I’m asking you to show your ocean pride and vote for the future of the ocean today.

Our Founding Fathers established the Constitution as a vision for the future of our great nation. Today, I’m asking you to be part of a vision for the future of our ocean. Add your signature now and be a founding member in the promise to protect our ocean.

We need local and national leaders across the country to make ocean health a priority. Pledge your support for our ocean today.

There is strength in numbers. Help us deliver 20,000 signatures to Secretary of State John Kerry, asking him to tell the next Administration to make ocean acidification a priority.

Our ocean faces a number of serious threats, including marine debris, overfishing and ocean acidification. Ocean acidification happens when carbon emissions from factories, cars, power plants are absorbed by the ocean, turning it more acidic, threatening shellfish like oyster, clams and mussels and the communities who rely on them.

There’s no time to waste: we need to take action. The U.S. has already been a leader on ocean acidification research and monitoring. Recently, Oregon, Washington and California, along with the Premier of British Columbia, came together to form the International Alliance to Combat Acidification. We want to make sure the next Administration continues our strong leadership on tackling this critical problem!

By pledging your support to combat ocean acidification, you’re standing up for the communities whose livelihoods depend on a healthy ocean.

In the United States, we take pride in the hard work of our citizens, the strength of our communities and the promise of our future. Will you stand with me today to protect our country from the threat of ocean acidification?

We’ve pledged our support for the Land of the Free. Let’s do the same for our ocean.

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The Future: Arctic Five-Year Plan http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2016/10/18/the-future-arctic-five-year-plan/ http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2016/10/18/the-future-arctic-five-year-plan/#comments Tue, 18 Oct 2016 14:59:59 +0000 Andrew Hartsig http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/?p=13139 We have less than a month to keep the Arctic Ocean safe from offshore drilling.

Right now, President Obama is preparing a new five-year leasing plan, and it could allow risky oil and gas leasing to go forward in the Arctic Ocean. We can’t let that happen.

Can I count on you to help protect the Arctic?

The future of the Arctic will be determined in these next few weeks. Offshore drilling is risky, and in the Arctic it’s as dangerous as dangerous gets. A major oil spill in the remote and icy waters of the Arctic would be all but impossible to clean up. In fact, there’s virtually no infrastructure or adequate resources for a cleanup. It would be a danger to not only the people and response teams involved, but a threat to this fragile ecosystem.

The answer is simple: We can’t risk a disaster in the Arctic. That’s why we need you.
Will you join Ocean Conservancy in asking the Obama Administration to exclude Arctic lease sales from the final version of the five-year plan?

The time to act is now. The Administration needs to know this issue is important to you!

Until we can ensure the safety of wildlife and the ocean ecosystem, we can’t afford to include Arctic leasing in the five-year plan. Arctic wildlife like polar bears, bowhead whales and walruses are found nowhere else on Earth. It’s up to us to protect their Arctic home from the dangers of offshore drilling.

Take action for the Arctic. Ask President Obama to keep Arctic leasing off the five year-plan.

Please take five minutes to stand up for five years in the Arctic.

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How to Melt the Arctic in 3 Easy Steps http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2016/10/06/how-to-melt-the-arctic-in-3-easy-steps/ http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2016/10/06/how-to-melt-the-arctic-in-3-easy-steps/#comments Thu, 06 Oct 2016 12:34:12 +0000 Becca Robbins Gisclair http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/?p=13092

How do you melt Arctic sea ice in three simple steps? Glad you asked. Today, I’m sharing our latest recipe with you.

The Arctic is heating up fast. As sea ice melts, more water is opening up for ship traffic and oil drilling, posing a threat to Arctic wildlife—the perfect recipe for disaster.

Will you help us stand up for the Arctic? Sign your name, and pledge your support to this vulnerable area.

Here’s a taste of our family Arctic recipe.

Step 1. Coat the ice with a dusting of black carbon from increased ship traffic to speed melting.

Step 2. Add a dash of oil from offshore drilling to enhance melting.

Step 3. Place in the oven and turn up the heat.

But there’s one major problem with this recipe: We don’t actually want to cook the Arctic. Clearly, we’re missing our key ingredient—YOU!

Will you join thousands of people like you, working together to cook up solutions for the Arctic? You can help keep the Arctic cool. You can protect our Arctic. Will you show your support today?

Take action now. Together we can collect 20,000 signatures to demonstrate our support for the Arctic.

Walruses, ribbon seals and polar bears all depend on sea ice as vital habitat. Narwhals and bowhead whales use quiet Arctic waters to forage for food and raise their young. And seabirds come by the thousands to feed and breed during the northern summer. Alaska Native people have lived in this special place for thousands of years and depend on these abundant resources. Increased shipping, drilling and the melting of sea ice threaten them all.

Add your name to the growing list of people showing their support for the Arctic. Sign alongside others like you who respect this magical area—from the narwhals and ribbon seals, to the people who call the Arctic home. No matter where you live, the changes in the Arctic affect us all.

Let’s make sure we #KeepArcticCool.

Sign the pledge, join the movement and be sure to share this recipe with friends and family.

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7,000 Species, 200 Nautical Miles and YOU http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2016/08/23/7000-species-200-nautical-miles-and-you/ http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2016/08/23/7000-species-200-nautical-miles-and-you/#comments Tue, 23 Aug 2016 13:30:42 +0000 Jeff Watters http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/?p=12698

Let’s create the world’s largest protected marine area, ever.

The Northwestern Hawaiian Islands are home to one of the most remote and fragile ecological areas in the world, called Papahānaumokuāke. Four years ago, President Obama expanded the Papahānaumokuāke Marine National Monument to protect 50 nautical miles that provide sanctuary to sea turtles, sharks, coral and critically endangered Hawaiian monk seals. Today, we’re asking the President to make Papahānaumokuāke the largest protected marine area in the world, by expanding the monument to 200 nautical miles—four times larger than its current size. That’s where you come in.

Tell President Obama that Papahānaumokuāke is worth protecting.

Our goal is to send 20,000 signatures to President Obama before the World Conservation Congress meets in Hawai’i in two weeks! President Obama needs to hear from people like you: Tell him to stand with native Hawaiians, senators, scientists and local government in supporting the expansion of Papahānaumokuāke (and yes, we are still having trouble pronouncing it). Powerful lobbyists stand in the way of expanding and preserving this magical seascape, which is why we need people power to make a difference. Please, take action now and help us reach our goal of sending 20,000 signatures to President Obama in just two weeks.

Papahānaumokuāke is home to over 7,000 species—a quarter of which can’t be found anywhere else on Earth. It also protects an area larger than all our national parks combined (1.6 million square kilometers)! Less than one percent of the world’s ocean is protected, and expanding Papahānaumokuāke is a critical step to preserving the genetic diversity unique to its waters, supporting more productive fisheries outside the monument and protecting a cultural seascape important to native Hawaiians.

Take action. Join me in asking President Obama to expand this national treasure.

All we need is Obama’s signature. Will you help make this a reality?

When Papahānaumokuāke was first established in 2006, it was a huge win for our environment. Let’s make that happen again.

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Fight Back Against Marine Debris http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2016/08/18/fight-back-against-marine-debris/ http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2016/08/18/fight-back-against-marine-debris/#comments Thu, 18 Aug 2016 13:00:44 +0000 Guest Blogger http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/?p=12635

Written by Senator Cory Booker

Every 60 seconds, what amounts to roughly a garbage truck full of plastic makes its way into the ocean.  That means that over the next year about 8 million tons of plastic will enter the ocean, creating a massive amount of marine pollution.

It’s estimated that if we don’t do anything to address this source of pollution, there will be one pound of plastic for every three pounds of fish in the ocean by 2025.

Preventing further damage to our oceans will require a coordinated global effort, and the United States has a vital role to play in leading this charge.

Here at home, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, is responsible for the Marine Debris Program, which leads the government effort to address, research and prevent waste pollution in our oceans. But the congressional authorization for this program expired back in 2015, and it now faces uncertain prospects. What’s more, while marine debris is a global issue, current law doesn’t recognize the authority of the Marine Debris Program to work collaboratively with international partners. Empowering program staff to engage in international collaboration will allow the Marine Debris Program to share its expertise and further its impact here in the U.S. and around the world.

Recognizing the need for an updated law, I recently introduced the Marine Debris Act of 2016, a bill that if passed will extend the authorization of the Marine Debris Program until 2021. The bill also recognizes the authority of the program’s staff to work with a coalition of international partners, making it easier for the United States to help develop and lead a coordinated response to the global problem of marine debris.

Passing this bill won’t solve our global marine debris problem, but it will mark a renewed commitment by the United States to leading the effort to clean up our oceans.

When it comes to making our oceans cleaner and healthier, we don’t have a minute to waste.

Take Action: Join Senator Booker and show your support for the Marine Debris Act of 2016 today!

Cory Booker was elected to represent New Jersey in the United States Senate in 2013. 

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New Ocean Plan is History in the Making http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2016/07/18/new-ocean-plan-is-history-in-the-making/ http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2016/07/18/new-ocean-plan-is-history-in-the-making/#comments Mon, 18 Jul 2016 13:32:37 +0000 Anne Merwin http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/?p=12410

The summer sizzle has arrived and I have some hot news to share with you: The nation’s first regional ocean plan was just released in New England! This plan is a huge win for the Atlantic Ocean and everything that lives in it.

I couldn’t be more excited about this news!! But, I need your help to make sure the plan turns into real action on the water and not just words on a paper. Will you take action today?

I depend on an organized plan to help me get through a busy day—it’s the same with the ocean (and quite a bit more important)! We need a smart ocean plan to help organize and balance the many ocean uses like shipping, fishing and recreation—all while keeping marine ecosystems healthy and in balance. It’s a lot to organize!! But, this ocean plan is more than up to the task.

But time is running out! The comment period is only open until July 25, so you must add your voice now!

From its sandy beaches to kelp forests, New England is a beautiful and diverse environment home to thousands of marine species. But there are changes occurring; some we can see, and some we can’t. As our natural ecosystem changes, how we use the ocean changes, too. That makes this ocean plan and sound management more critical than ever.

Summer is slipping by fast—and so is this comment period! Don’t miss out. Can I count on your help today to tell the Regional Planning Body that you support their work on smart ocean planning.

The plan is a huge stride towards smarter ocean planning—a process that benefits both the ocean environment and communities that rely on a healthy ocean for enjoyment and their livelihoods.

Thank you so much for your help.

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