Food – Water – Air
These three things are the most basic and fundamental needs for human survival. And these three things begin with the ocean. Think it’s an exaggeration? The sea water covering two-thirds of our planet provides our food, water, and air—no matter where we live. And we could not survive without it. The dynamic ecosystems and health of the ocean cannot survive without our help, either. Humans have proven a powerful enough force to endanger that which we need most, but we also have the power to restore it.
Drive to Reduce CO2
A major threat to the ocean is burning fossil fuels that release carbon dioxide (CO2) – driving your car or truck is a key contributor. This CO2 is absorbed into the ocean causing acidification that changes water chemistry and life.
Reducing your carbon footprint can be as simple as using less plastic, or eating less meat and grains. Fortunately, bigger changes, such as switching to zero-carbon energy for your car and your home is now also easy to do. COCO supports you being the change #BeTheChange.
The resounding “Hurrah!” from our advisory board members after four hours of passionate brainstorming over the future of COCO confirmed our progress. COCO refined its vision and mission to help us more effectively protect our ocean at its source – a mile high:
Vision: To inspire an inland community to be stewards of our ocean.
Mission: Leading a community of individuals to understand our connection to the ocean, unite through shared conservation values, and advocate and celebrate actions that promote a healthy ocean.
In 2011, COCO came under the umbrella of The Ocean Foundation with a dream to create a new opportunity for people living inland to engage with ocean problems and solutions. After three years, the support shown to COCO indicated not only real interest, but also genuine need and commitment from our inland community to effect change.