“How can we inspire communities to recognize that the ocean belongs to all of us?”
We are an inland movement that builds land to sea stewardship. Our vision is to support citizens and communities to take an active role in improving the impacts and relationships between the inland, the coastal, and the ocean.
Those who live among mountains, rivers and inland cities have a direct impact on the cycle of life in the ocean. The changes we need to make to address the largest threats facing our seas—lowering carbon emissions, reducing trash and pollution, eating sustainable seafood, safeguarding watersheds, promoting marine protected areas (MPAs)—can happen from anywhere in the world.
In 2011, Vicki Nichols Goldstein founded the Colorado Ocean Coalition (COCO), an organization focused on inspiring inland communities to be stewards of our waters and ocean. Starting in 2015, other inland communities began forming Inland Ocean Chapters. In 2017, COCO responded to the growing network of Chapters and formed the Inland Ocean Coalition based on the premise that you don't have to see the ocean to protect it.
Inland communities want to connect their actions to the ocean. Is there is an inland chapter near you? If not, consider starting a chapter with us!
Watersheds are a direct connection we have to all water. Our work includes cleanups, monitoring, and testing to keep water clean for all.
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.
Volunteers are the heart of the inland movement. By providing hands-on training to engaged individuals, we create community leaders who enact positive change.
From inland communities to the coral reefs of the Florida Keys, students combine their inspiration, learning, and service to make a positive impact on our planet.
BLUE the Film
To celebrate World Oceans Day, BLUE is being released in cinemas globally during the week leading up to June 8. Go see the film at any Regal Cinema and use code InlandOcean to receive a discount and have 5% of proceeds go to support healthy oceans and waterways!
Please buy tickets ahead of time, as screenings will only take place if enough tickets are sold. You will not be charged for your ticket if the theater does not meet its threshold.
BLUE is a beautifully told story that is a provocative journey into the ocean realm, witnessing this critical moment in time when the marine world is on a precipice. It is a must see for anyone interested in the health of our blue planet.
"BLUE is the story our generation need to hear. The industrialization that has occurred in the oceans over the last century, mirrors the events that triggered mass extinctions on land. Industrial scale fishing, habitat destruction, species loss and pollution have placed the ocean in peril. The very nature of the sea is being irretrievably altered. BLUE is a provocative journey into the ocean realm, witnessing this critical moment in time when the marine world is on a precipice."
March for the Ocean
On Saturday June 9th, the day after World Oceans Day, we will school together by the tens of thousands to protect our Global Ocean and connecting waters, engage our neighbors and fellow citizens, and expand the diverse and youthful upsurge of activism that can restore the waters that give us life.
March for the Ocean (M4O) will organize mass events including flotillas, marches, and rallies in our nation’s capital and around the country. Blue Frontier Campaign, the Inland Ocean Coalition, and 50+partners will mobilize an inclusive and diverse constituency to ensure we have a healthy ocean and clean water for future generations. The Inland Ocean Coalition and its chapters are organizing events outside of the DC March throughout the country. There will be marches and activities in over 70 cities around the world. The Inland Ocean Coalition and its chapters are planning events in the following cities:
- Boulder and Fort Collins in Colorado, Buffalo, New York, Salt Lake City, Utah, and the Florida Keys, and four events in Chicago, Illinois.