A critical part of the Inland Ocean Coalition’s work is connecting with legislative leaders across the nation to advance ocean conservation policies and priorities. We do this through virtual and in-person meetings with legislators and staffers, call-in days to elevate the importance of action on key ocean protection issues, and coalition-wide engagement to support a healthy future for our ocean. 

Policy, legislation, and advocacy are also key avenues for giving individuals and communities the tools they need to get involved in ocean protection and to use their voices to take action on the issues they care about. We focus on legislation at the local, state, and national levels that helps protect our ocean, climate, and waterways and which shares the collective vision for a more just, equitable, and inclusive future. We empower our Ambassadors and volunteers with up-to-date legislation movement and advocacy toolkits to ensure our message is clear, concise, and well-informed. 

While the ocean may not be at our doorsteps, the call to action certainly is. Our voices and visions are critical to establishing policies and laws that govern and dictate the future of our ocean planet.

MEETINGS WITH LEGISLATORS
135
STATES REPRESENTED
30
POLICIES PASSED
21
CURRENT INITIATIVES
9

Current Bills, Acts, & Initiatives We Support

Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act

  • Introduction and course overview
  • Guest Speaker: Wallace J Nichols, author of Blue Mind
  • The power of storytelling: how we are Heartwired to love the ocean
  • How the ocean impacts our lives

Module 2: Marine Protected Areas (March 3rd, 2022)

  • Guest Speaker: Erin Eastwood, National Ocean Protection Coalition
  • Marine Protected Areas, America the Beautiful, and the 30x30 Resolution to Save Nature
  • How to write an Op-Ed and Letter to the Editor (LTE)

Module 3: Plastic Pollution and Watershed Health (March 10th, 2022)

  • Guest Speaker: Kylie Byrd, Ecocycle
  • Plastic pollution issues and solutions
  • The importance of healthy watersheds
  • Break Free From Plastic and brand audit discussion
  • Event planning and community engagement: how to grow within your community

Module 4: Advocating for a Healthy Ocean (March 17th, 2022)

  • Guest Speaker: Dr. Shannon Valley
  • Climate science and policy
  • Get to know your House Representatives and Senators
  • Advocating for healthy ocean and watershed policies

Module 5: Supplements and Introduction to Inland Ocean Action Network (March 24th, 2022)

  • Inland Ocean Ambassador Graduation Ceremony
  • Inland Ocean Network and next steps as an Ambassador