Healthy Oceans Blog

Ocean Advocates Head to D.C. for Blue Vision Summit May 9-11

Ocean activists from across the country are heading to Washington, D.C., May 9-11 to defend the ocean against President Trump’s budget cuts, attempts to expand offshore oil drilling and denial of climate change impacts. They also plan to work on solutions, such as coastal resiliency, in the face of sea level rise and extreme weather.

The 6th biennial Blue Vision Summit launches on Tuesday, May 9 at George Washington University. The Summit will include the largest Healthy Ocean Hill Day in U.S. history; citizens from more than 22 states will meet with elected officials and tell them to protect the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Environmental Protection Agency(EPA), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Army Corps of Engineers from budget cuts that could endanger our blue economy and coastal communities.

Participants will include U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Dr. Sylvia Earle, National Aquarium CEO John Racenelli, Rear Admiral Ann Phillips (U.S. Navy Ret.), Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations’ Noah Oppenheim, the marine artist Wyland and hundreds more. Youth ocean leader Daniela Fernandez along with contingents of youth and students will also be in attendance.

Some of the Summit sponsors to date are traditional ocean conservation organizations such as the American Littoral Society, Natural Resources Defense Council, Oceana, Ocean Conservancy, Ocean Foundation, Greenpeace, Surfrider, Blue Frontier and Mission Blue. Other ocean stakeholders such as Legal Sea Foods, the Professional Association of Dive Instructors (PADI), and the Pacific Marine Mammal Center are also helping to sponsor the event.

Summit Schedule:

  • May 8th kicks off the Summit with an evening gathering for drinks and a special screening of ‘Chasing Coral’
  • May 9th begins the first day of the Summit at George Washington University with presentations, panels and networking around themes of ending offshore oil drilling, reducing plastic and other forms of ocean pollution and building coastal resiliency.
  • May 10th is the Healthy Ocean Hill Day with delegations not just from coastal states like New York, Florida, California, Alabama and Hawaii but Inland and Great Lakes delegates from Colorado, Ohio, Utah, Michigan and Arizona that will meet with elected officials to let them know that every state is an ocean state and that people will vote the coast.
  • May 11th begins with a symposium on the future of the ocean featuring 2017 Peter Benchley Ocean Award winners from Indonesia, Canada and the United States.   Later there will be a press conference targeting offshore drilling and supporting clean energy in front of the Department of the Interior.

For more on the Blue Vision Summit go to: www.bluefront.org/bvs