Tsunami Forecast for World Oceans Day
24 Apr, 2018
Look for a tsunami of blue to swell through the streets of Washington, DC, on a Saturday morning in early June, as a wave of support for healthy oceans, coral reefs, and clean water swells publicly on World Oceans Day Weekend in the Nation’s capital and other cities.
Complete with a flotilla up the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers, the national March for the Ocean on June 9th will stretch from the Washington Monument, past the White House, to the steps of the Capitol. Sister cities marches across America include events in San Francisco, Tucson, Las Vegas, Buffalo, Boulder, Colorado, Indianapolis, and more to be announced.
Organizers from Blue Front say the march will be a way for the public support the fight to stop offshore oil drilling, end plastic pollution, and protect coral reefs, island nations, and threatened coastlines.
Who’s Who in Ocean Advocates
On board to host the DC post-march rally are CNN and Travel Channel Environmental Journalists Philippe and Ashlan Cousteau and marine biologist Danni Washington, TV Host of Xploration’s Nature Knows Best.
Speakers will include National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence and Time magazine “Hero of the Planet” Dr. Sylvia Earle; Bill McKibben, environmental author and founder of 350.org; Capt. Paul Watson, founder of Sea Shepherd Society; Rear Admiral Ann Phillips (U.S. Navy Ret.), and many others.
Organizers say, “Marching will be everyone from marine life lovers to sailors, surfers, scuba divers, fishermen, scientists, deep-sea explorers, filmmakers, artists, students, environmentalists, climate experts, earth rights and social justice advocates, major aquariums, citizen scientists, and families and businesses that depend on coastal tourism.
“We will march to raise awareness of the threats to our ocean and waterways, and to demand corporate accountability for plastic pollution and funding for climate-vulnerable communities.”
March for the Ocean is supported by a broad range of more than 125 partner organizations, including the Sierra Club, Surfrider Foundation, Greenpeace, Blue Frontier Campaign, World Wildlife Fund, Oceana, The Ocean Conservancy, Plastic Pollution Coalition, the National Aquarium, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations, Native Organizers Alliance, Green Latinos, Professional Association of Dive Instructors, and many more. (See the full list of march partners at www.marchfortheocean.org.)
Among the diverse, youth-led partner groups of the March for the Ocean inclusive of many perspectives are: Sustainable Ocean Alliance, The Ocean Project, Big Blue and You, Earth Conservation Corps, Hannah 4 Change, Heirs to Our Oceans, One More Generation, Sea Youth Rise Up, Youth Ocean Conservation Summit, Sierra Student Coalition, Earth Guardians, Earth Echo Youth Leadership Council, Sea Camp for Kids, Students of the Salish Sea, and others.
For more information, go to: www.marchfortheocean.org.