The Future of Our Ocean Depends on Climate Action

The ocean is on the front lines of climate change. As waters warm, the amount of dissolved oxygen in the water is also decreasing, which leads to increased dead zones like the seasonal one in the Gulf of Mexico where fish die-offs are common and few species can survive. If the planet warms by 2 degrees Celsius, we could lose up to 99% of our coral reefs.

But we can help stave off further climate change and its worsening effects by dramatically reducing greenhouse gas pollution—including through ocean-based solutions such as restoring coastal ecosystems that safely store carbon and reducing emissions from shipping. Earlier this month, the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis released a report of recommendations for the sweeping policy changes we need to protect our ocean. The report sets forth an ambitious plan to decrease greenhouse emissions, build resilience in coastal communities, and combat the worst effects of climate change.

In order to turn this plan into a reality, we need you. We now have a legislative roadmap to help create a country that is free from greenhouse gas pollution and resilient to climate impacts. Will you contact your House representative to ask them to support legislation to protect our ocean from the effects of climate change?

The most important action we can take for our ocean is to address the growing threat of climate change. To date the ocean has absorbed about 90% of the excess heat generated by human-caused global warming. Will you take action today?

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