The Ocean Climate Action Plan - A Blue New Deal for our coasts and public seas

Session ID#: 92132

Session Description:
Two organizations, Blue Frontier and the Center for the Blue Economy have launched an ‘Ocean Climate Action Plan,’to inspire public engagement and solution-oriented policies leading up to – and beyond – the 2020 elections.  

It calls for a complete reformation of the U.S. National Flood Insurance Program, major coastal infrastructure investment, new guidelines for expanding offshore renewable energy, a network of marine protected areas in the sea, new forms of assistance for greening ports and fishing communities, increased aquaculture investment and a revised National Disaster Response and recovery plan including a 12th combatant command in the Department of Defense.

David Helvarg, author and Executive Director of Blue Frontier, an ocean conservation and policy organization and Jason Scorse, chair of the International Environmental Policy Program and Director of the Center for the Blue Economy at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, will update participants in this Town Hall on the Blue New Deal’s progress to date in expanding the plan and engaging with ocean and coastal stakeholders; scientists, conservationists, maritime industries, coastal businesses, communities and state and federal policymakers, including the Presidential candidates.  There will be time for follow up questions and answers.


  • CP - Coastal and Estuarine Processes
  • ED - Education, Outreach and Policy
  • SI - Social-Ocean Science Interactions and SDGs
Primary Contact:  Eleanor Kerlow, Blue Frontier Campaign, Washington, DC, United States
Presenters:  David Helvarg, Blue Front Campaign, Washington, DC, United States and Jason Scorse, Middlebury Institute of International Studies, International Environmental Policy Program, Monterey, CA, United States

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