Surfrider will be one of the organizations on hand for the March 7-10 Blue Vision Summit.© Surfrider
Many secrets of the deep will be revealed, along with new administration officials, members of Congress, surfers, sailors, scientists, maritime workers, fishermen, entrepreneurs and explorers at the Blue Vision Summit March 7-10 in Washington, D.C. Following up on fall planning meetings in S.F. and D.C. we held a Dec. 15 conference call with some 20 summit organizers to see how things are advancing for the three-day, four-night event.
Swimmingly, we can report. Plenaries and panels will look at the state of the ocean and climate, federal ocean legislation and policy, state and regional restoration efforts that are working, grassroots success stories and many other parts of a whole that tells us "Blue is the new Green." "Celebrations of the Sea" will take place at the Smithsonian"s new Ocean Hall and a D.C. Surfrider hangout yet to be determined. Participants will also visit Capitol Hill to meet with their elected representatives and educate them about how they can become ocean champions. Expected participants to date include Sylvia Earle, Philippe Cousteau, Leon Panetta, Rep. Sam Farr, California Secretary of Resources Mike Chrisman, Deep Economy author Bill McKibben, Sherman"s Lagoon cartoonist Jim Toomey, Ocean Rower Roz Savage, Climate and Ocean experts Dr. Jane Lubchenco, Terry Tamminen and others. Leading officials from the Obama administration and new Congress are now being invited. Register now and get the early flying fish discount.
DAVID HELVARG is the founder and president of Blue Frontier Campaign. These posts initially appeared as "Blue Notes" on www.bluefront.org.
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