Ocean Climate Action: Looking to the Ocean for Climate Solutions

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Scientists have extensively documented the impacts of climate change on the ocean. As greenhouse gas emissions have increased, the ocean has become hotter, more acidic, and less habitable for fish and wildlife. But the ocean is not just a victim of climate change. It is also a powerful source of solutions that have the potential to provide one-fifth of the greenhouse gas emission reductions needed to limit global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius. By implementing a full suite of ocean-based climate solutions, the federal government can bolster the front-line communities most at risk from climate change, increase the resilience of ocean ecosystems, and put the United States back in a leadership role in the global effort to fight the climate crisis.

Please join the Center for American Progress, the League of Conservation Voters, and Ocean Defense Initiative for a discussion on the future of ocean climate action. Former U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Carol Browner will moderate a panel of experts and stakeholders who will discuss the ocean climate nexus and how to build momentum to implement ocean climate solutions.

We would love to hear your questions. Please submit any questions you have for our distinguished panel via email at CAPeventquestions@americanprogress.org or on Twitter using #OceanClimateAction.

Introductory remarks:
John Podesta, Founder, Center for American Progress

Distinguished panelists:
Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ), Chair of the House Committee on Natural Resources
Dr. Erin Meyer, Director of Conservation Programs and Partnerships, Seattle Aquarium
Violet Sage Walker, Traditional Vice-Chairwoman, Northern Chumash Tribe
Isha Sangani, EarthEcho Youth Leadership Council Member

Moderator:
Carol M. Browner, Former U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator; Board Chair, League of Conservation Voters