Five Ways You Can Participate in #OurOcean2014

Posted by Moira Whelan
June 15, 2014
Marine Sanctuary Off the Coast of the Southeastern United States

Secretary of State John Kerry hosts the "Our Ocean" Conference in Washington, D.C. on June 16-17, 2014. The conference aims to raise ocean conservation as a critical foreign policy issue. Whether you live on the coast or hours from the closest beach, we all depend upon the ocean.  Here are five ways that you can participate in the conference -- no matter where you are!

1. Visit the conference website to read about sustainable fisheries, marine pollution, and ocean acidification, and share with others what you learn.


2. Watch the live webcast of the two-day conference on or the State Department's YouTube Channel (Day 1 and Day 2).  Check out the conference agenda for the full schedule of events and list of speakers.


3. Post photos showing what the ocean means to you to your favorite social media platform using the hashtag #OurOcean2014, or add the photos to the "Show Your Love of Our Ocean" group on Flickr.


4. Join our first Thunderclap to voice your support in helping to protect our ocean, and share this message with friends on Facebook and Twitter.


5. Pledge to take action! Join Jack Johnson in promising to participate in at least one beach cleanup per year.


About the Author: Moira Whelan serves as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Digital Strategy in the Bureau of Public Affairs in Washington, DC.



Eric J.
New Mexico, USA
June 17, 2014

I'm about a thousand klicks from any ocean but surrounded by a dead one, fossiles in the hills to prove it.

Fossilized trees as well of ecosystems long since passed.

Nature can remake what man cannot, if the humans would give it half a chance.

Looking around the remnants of a mountain 41, 000ft high that blew up leaving a caldera 20 miles wide millions of years ago, gives one perspective on the short history of humanity, and its potential for self extinction.

Let alone that of other species.

Does humanity have the capacity to alter the natural course of evolution on this planet?

That's kind of a moot point.

We live on a glow in the dark planet, but all our technology can't turn back time.

There used to be a thing called a "minesweeper" used in WW2 to clear safe passage for shipping...built by the thousands...

 We have these garbage patches out at sea....and what folks need is a lot of garbage trucks to go collect it.

Seems a perfect way for the world's whaling industry to stay in buisiness, just re-tooled a method and concept.

 Have a half dozen garbage sweepers to net up all the trash, with a larger recycling vessel as mother ship, and folks don't have to lose livelihoods if nations would be convinced they don't need another missile sub or warship that badly. Folks should be able to pay for their ocean's clean up.

 Get a few dozen of these "fleets" working and attack one area at a time cooperatively.

 Folks could put a few anti-whaling activists to steady work as well and have a contest...without bumping ships.

 As for points of entry for polution , I look at what folks did in Seal Beach, California...turning a polluted estuary into a thriving wildlife santuary once again.

  There's hope.

  EJ 6/17/14


Muhammad I.
June 17, 2014

Hi, I am From Pakistani occupied Balouchistan, as you know very well Balouchistan has very beautiful Ocean which name Balouch Ocean near to Gulf Ocean, I want to say that do not work out for only your Ocean, work for all ocean and specially occupied Baloch Ocean as well


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