Washington, D.C. — Today, the Ocean Policy Committee, chaired by the Council on Environmental Quality and Office of Science and Technology Policy, released the first ever White House Ocean Justice Strategy. Building upon the White House Ocean Climate Action Plan released earlier this year, the purpose of the new strategy is to further describe the vision, goals, and high-level objectives for coordinating and guiding ocean justice activities across the federal government. It also seeks to minimize the impact of ocean climate action on ocean justice communities and those on the front line of climate change.
In response, Angelo Villagomez, senior fellow for Conservation at the Center for American Progress, issued the following statement:
This strategy is a historic opportunity to center the voices and needs of communities that depend on the ocean, the coasts, and the Great Lakes for their safety, health, and prosperity. The Ocean Justice Strategy will ensure that ocean conservation and management in our country is informed by Indigenous knowledge and values, and that it advances equitable and just practices.
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