: Upwell: A Wave of Ocean Justice
Upwell: A Wave of Ocean Justice
Please join Azul, the Center for American Progress, and Urban Ocean Lab for an online symposium on the rising tide of justice and equity in ocean policy.
The need to pursue environmental justice does not end at the water’s edge. Access to ocean resources and influence in shaping ocean policy have 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.
This event is supported by Earthjustice, the Natural Resources Defense Council, Ocean Defense Initiative, and Green 2.0.
12:35 PM - 1:05 PM
Freedom of Association at Sea: Advancing Justice in the Distant-Water Fishing Industry
In order to truly advance justice in the global commercial fishing industry, it is necessary to understand the dual issues of illegal fishing and forced labor in the seafood supply chain. Johanna Lee, of Global Labor Justice - International Labor Rights Forum, will speak to the human toll of the distant-water fishing industry and highlight a critical solution to upholding the fundamental labor rights of migrant fishers, who make up the majority of the workforce but face systemic discrimination and exploitation.
1:15 PM - 1:20 PM
1:20 PM - 1:40 PM
1:45 PM - 2:30 PM
Redefining Conservation Success: A New Wave of Ocean Climate Leadership
This panel will explore how the next generation of ocean leaders is redefining conservation success, engaging with front-line communities in novel ways, and addressing the dual climate and nature crises by focusing on the who and how of conservation, with justice leading toward a post-30x30 framework of conservation.
2:30 PM - 2:45 PM
2:45 PM - 3:30 PM
Talking Ocean Policy: What Makes It Just?
Around the country, ocean justice communities are pursuing equitable and just ocean policy that recognizes both the history of inequity and communities' role in the future of ocean conservation. This panel will explore how ocean justice is defined and discussed, as well as the principles of just ocean policy.
3:30 PM - 3:45 PM
3:45 PM - 4:30 PM
Ocean Joy: Justice in Action
Historically, conversations around ocean conservation have followed a false narrative that posits all ocean enjoyment as necessarily consumptive. This narrow portrayal excludes the majority of the public, as well as the work of advocates around the country enjoying the ocean while advancing equitable and just action in conservation, education, and economic opportunity. This panel features people advancing justice from a place of ocean joy: fishing, surfing, and diving stories with an impact that reaches far beyond the shore.
4:30 PM - 4:35 PM