More than 300 Californians attend Ocean Day

A tsunami of threats endangers our oceans, but thankfully, Environment California is gathering hundreds to protect the waters we love.

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Mary Katherine Moore
Creative Associate

Author: Mary Katherine Moore

Creative Associate

Started on staff: 2020
B.A., magna cum laude, Boston University

Mary Katherine creates print and digital content with the Creative Team for The Public Interest Network, with a focus on Environment America and its state affiliates. Mary Katherine lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she enjoys reading, running, baking and hiking.

A tsunami of threats endangers our oceans, but thankfully, Environment California is gathering hundreds to protect the waters we love. 

On March 9, Environment California hosted our 16th annual (and first virtual) Ocean Day to rally Californians around protecting our oceans. Alongside coalition partners Monterey Bay Aquarium, the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and others, Environment California provided 325 attendees with the opportunity to learn about our oceans, participate in panels, lobby elected officials, and connect with other Californians interested in protecting our ocean ecosystems.

“Our oceans make up 71 percent of our Earth’s surface — and right now, they’re in trouble,” said Environment California State Director Laura Deehan. “However, there are still steps we can take, such as reducing our plastic waste, expanding marine protected areas, and stopping dangerous drilling, to protect our waters. We just need our leaders to take them.”

Environment California facilitated more than 82 virtual visits with lawmakers and their aides to champion these measures that could keep our oceans and their ecosystems safe. 

Watch the 30 X 30 panel from this year's Ocean Day.

Learn more about Our Oceans campaign.

 

Photo: Environment California Laura Deehan oversaw the event, helping Californians as they advocated for their oceans. Credit: Staff

Mary Katherine Moore
Creative Associate

Author: Mary Katherine Moore

Creative Associate

Started on staff: 2020
B.A., magna cum laude, Boston University

Mary Katherine creates print and digital content with the Creative Team for The Public Interest Network, with a focus on Environment America and its state affiliates. Mary Katherine lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she enjoys reading, running, baking and hiking.