Julie Dunlap wrote this blog after her attendance at the Ocean Week Conference. Julie is a friend and colleague of Interfaith Ocean Ethics Campaign Director, Marybeth Lorbiecki.

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Julie Dunlap wrote this blog after her attendance at the Ocean Week Conference. Julie is a friend and colleague of Interfaith Ocean Ethics Campaign Director, Marybeth Lorbiecki.

Each year, the Capitol Hill Ocean Week Conference offers marine advocates, scientists, and the public a chance to mingle, meet ocean champions, and hear the latest reports from researchers, policy makers, educators, and grassroots activists. This year’s meeting, June 10-12, addressed a breadth of issues of direct concern to the IOEC—climate change, plastic pollution, declining fisheries, and shrinking biodiversity. Yet for those fortunate enough to attend, the overwhelming message from the speakers was about our mutual love for the oceans.

This shared devotion was clear from the opening keynote, when John Podesta—Counselor to President Obama—joyfully announced that nominations will again be accepted for new National Marine Sanctuaries to protect treasured marine resources. Less than 3% of the world’s oceans are protected in any…

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