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In honor of World Oceans Day, this week we recognize a lifetime of hard work and dedication to ocean conservation by Dr. Nancy Knowlton of the National Museum of Natural History, and Sarah Chasis, the Senior Director for Oceans at the Natural Resources Defense Council.
Dr. Knowlton, who received a Lifetime Achievement Award this week from the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, has brought the ocean world to millions through her best-selling book “Citizens of the Sea“ and as the former editor-in-chief of the Smithsonian’s Ocean Portal. She coined the hashtag #OceanOptimism and its social media campaign connecting ocean conservation success stories to ocean lovers around the globe.
Sarah Chasis has been a tireless advocate for healthy and vibrant oceans for decades. She has protected sensitive areas from offshore oil drilling, protected the public from swimming in polluted waters, strengthened both domestic and international fisheries management, and promoted smarter ocean planning. In recognition of her work, she was selected as the first Coastal Steward of the Year by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
These two women have nearly 100 years combined of ocean advocacy and stewardship between them. We can’t think of two people more deserving of our thanks for all they have done for healthy oceans.
Catherine Flowers is an environmental justice advocate in Lowndes County, Ala., where she began her advocacy work after watching raw sewage leak into the yards of poor residents who lacked access to a municipal sewer system. Lowdnes County is one of the ten poorest counties in Alabama’s Black Belt–a part of the United States where […]
This week we talked with Justin Onwenu, a Sierra Club community organizer in Detroit working on environmental justice and the COVID-19 pandemic. Justin is a member of Michigan Governor Whitmer’s Environmental Justice Advisory Task Force and the Democratic National Committee’s Council on the Environment and Climate Crisis. Here are some of the highlights. On Environmental […]
In New Zealand, the votes from their election over the weekend are tallied and Labour Party Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern notched a huge victory — the biggest for her Party since 1996. She received a mandate with the support of a majority in Parliament, and delivered the first 30 seconds of her victory address was […]
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