The health of the ocean is in crisis. The Inland Ocean Coalition is dedicated to creating an inland movement that builds land-to-sea stewardship by encouraging citizens and communities to take an active role in improving the impacts and relationships between the inland, the coasts, and the ocean.
Ocean protection is at the heart of what we do. Due to recent political changes, our oceans are now at risk from offshore oil drilling, weakening of healthy fisheries legislation that has worked to rebuild and maintain sustainable fish stocks for decades, and attacks on our national marine monuments, sanctuaries, and other protected areas. We are teaming up with groups like Oceana, Ocean Conservancy, Blue Frontier Campaign, Mission Blue, and the Healthy Oceans Coalition to protect our ocean.
With our partners, we track legislation on important ocean issues and bring an inland voice to the conversation. Our unique niche allows us to work with chapter members and supporters to convey to our Congressional leaders that all of us have a stake in ocean protection, no matter where we live. In essence, we build community-based ocean conservation constituencies throughout the country and fight for important ocean issues from communities across the country.
A watershed is an area of land that contains streams and rivers that all drain into a single body of water, such as a lake or the ocean. Watersheds can be big or small, but they all have high points like ridges and mountains that capture water, store it, and eventually release it downhill. Many of our actions impact watersheds, and as the rivers and streams flow downstream through communities, much of the pollution and contaminants that these rivers and streams are carrying wind up in our ocean.
Watershed health is a critical component of land-to-sea stewardship, and to protect our ocean we must also protect our waterways. We promote watershed health through creek cleanups, supporting bans on toxic sunscreens in the US and internationally, and advocating for healthy personal care products and eco-friendly lawn care.
Global reliance on disposable plastic is overwhelming our planet. The equivalent of one garbage truck worth of plastic enters the ocean every minute, and it is estimated that by 2050 the ocean will contain more plastic than fish by weight. Plastic is a growing crisis on par with climate change.
We combat plastic pollution through campaigns targeting single-use plastics, movements that get to the root cause of plastic pollution, and scientific studies that assess the extent of microplastics in our waterways. We push for individual and collective change and are fighting back against the petrochemical industry’s aim to build 325 new refineries and have 35% more plastic in commerce by 2035.