Posted on September 18, 2009
Help Us Work to Establish a Protective,
National Policy for Our Oceans
Our oceans are not just places of wonder and beauty – they are economic engines providing valuable jobs, food, energy resources, and recreation and tourism opportunities. But they are under enormous strain as a result of overexploitation, habitat degradation, coastal pollution, and climate change.
One obstacle to protecting our oceans is the fact that they are currently governed by a mix of more than 140 laws and 20 different agencies, each with different goals and with no single unifying conservation mandate. We have a Clean Water Act for our water and a Clean Air Act for our air; we need a national policy to similarly protect our oceans.
On June 12th, President Obama called together an interagency Ocean Policy Task Force to fix this problem; the 23-member federal Task Force is directed to create a unifying oceans, coasts, and Great Lakes policy and design an effective marine spatial planning framework in 180 days.
This Task Force is holding a public meeting next Thursday, Sept. 24 in Providence, Rhode Island from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. The meeting is at the Rhode Island Convention Center, Ballrooms D & E.
Please consider attending this meeting and ask that President Obama issue an executive order to formally establish a national policy to protect, maintain and restore the health of our oceans, coasts and Great Lakes. Protecting, maintaining, and restoring the health of these natural systems must be the core focus of a national policy if we intend to meet the needs of present and future generations.
Other upcoming public meeting locations include:
- Honolulu, Hawaii: September 29th
- New Orleans, Louisiana: October 19th
- Cleveland, Ohio: October 29th
More information on these events and this effort are available at: https://sites.google.com/site/healthyoceansandlakes/home
Thank you for all that you do to help protect and restore our
shared oceans and waterways!