Past Event

Upwell: A Wave of Ocean Justice

Please join Azul, the Center for American Progress, and Urban Ocean Lab for an in-person symposium on the rising tide of justice and equity in ocean policy.

Fish swim around a coral reef in Key West, Florida, July 2023. (Getty/Joseph Prezioso/AFP)

Please join us in person on June 4 for Upwell: A Wave of Ocean Justice.

The need to pursue environmental justice does not end at the water’s edge. Access to ocean resources and influence in shaping ocean policy has long been inequitable across racial, economic, and generational lines as a result of the legacies of racism, colonialism, and industrialization. At the same time, historically marginalized communities in coastal communities are disproportionately affected by the climate crisis, including rising sea levels and intensifying storms, as well as by pollution, overfishing, loss of habitat and biodiversity, and coastal gentrification.

However, across the United States, ocean justice communities are shifting that narrative and building and exerting real power in ocean and climate decision-making, policy development, and management.

This event will prioritize the experiences and voices of historically marginalized communities in ocean conservation discussions. We ask that all attendees be respectful of and intentional about the focus of the symposium.

The event will feature expert panels, high-level guest speakers, and much more. In addition, Upwell will feature two local artists in residence, Qrcky and Sofia Gawer. Throughout the day, the artists in residence will create pieces inspired by the event and engage in interactive components with attendees. Attendees are encouraged to check in on the exhibits throughout the day as each artist’s piece evolves and participate in hands on creative activities or discussions with the artists.

Upwell is co-hosted by Azul, Center for American Progress, and Urban Ocean Lab. It is supported by the Natural Resources Defense Council, Earthjustice, Green 2.0, and the Ocean Defense Initiative. Upwell is made possible by funding from Mosaic, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Oceankind, the Walton Family Foundation, the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, and Vere Initiatives.

Join us for Upwell: A Wave of Ocean Justice!

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