Why An Inland Ocean Movement?

The ocean is our planet's life support system, and its health is in crisis. We often think that to protect the ocean, you have to be near the ocean. But we all have a direct impact on the cycles of life in the ocean—no matter where we live. The changes we need to make to address the largest threats facing our seas—lowering carbon emissions, reducing plastic and other pollution, protecting our fisheries, safeguarding watersheds, promoting marine protected areas, and fighting for legislation that supports our ocean, waterways, and climate—can happen from anywhere in the world. 

The Inland Ocean Coalition's approach is unique in that we give inland communities a voice in protecting our ocean by empowering them to become ocean champions in their communities and connecting them with their legislative leaders. Our unique niche allows us to work with our chapters and supporters around the country to convey to our legislative leaders that we all have a stake in ocean protection, even if we live inland. 

The Inland Ocean Coalition is working to build ocean conservation constituencies around the US. We hope you'll join us to protect the ocean we all love. 

Volunteers are the heart of the inland movement. By providing hands-on training to engaged individuals, we create community leaders who enact positive change.

Help your community be a voice for ocean protection. Is there is an inland chapter near you? If not, consider starting a chapter with us!

Conservation agriculture builds soil, increases biodiversity, sequesters carbon, improves water cycles, supports farmers and communities, and helps protect our watersheds, ocean, and climate.

An educational campaign to decrease the use of plastic straws in the US and beyond. We encourage restaurants to only serve non-plastic alternatives upon request. 

Pledge to choose sunscreen free from synthetic chemicals that harm coral reefs and encourage retailers to support this shift by making alternatives available.

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