Posted by: Elizabeth Maksymonko
If D.C. seemed a little “fishy” over the weekend, it was because the third annual Blue Vision Summit, organized by the Blue Frontier Campaign, was in town. From Friday through Monday, the marine conservation community gathered to take a look at the top issues affecting the oceans today, and how we can move into a healthy ocean future. Ocean Champions was a proud sponsor of this event, which brought together a plethora of ocean community players, including individual ocean lovers, non-profits, ocean celebs and government agencies like NOAA.
The Summit kicked off on Friday with a ‘Celebration of the Seas’ that included film screenings, an art show, and of course, a party. Saturday and Sunday were chock full of panels that presented a variety of ocean issues, from Gulf restoration following the oil spill to ocean policy on the local, state and federal level. Lively Q&A’s followed the panels, which provided a great way for people to understand the differing views and concerns of the vast ocean community. After-summit parties followed each day’s activities, offering the activists a chance to network and make connections with fellow ocean warriors. The summit wrapped up on Monday with Capitol Hill Oceans Day, where hundreds of attendees swarmed the offices of their elected Representatives to push for implementation of last our . This is a great way to show Members of Congress that there is a large, active group of ocean voters to whom they need to pay attention.
The Blue Vision Summit is always a lot of fun. Lots of useful information is presented, and the attendees certainly learn a lot. I think the most important things to come out of it, though, are the networks that are built as people connect to like-minded activists from around the country and the fighting spirit that is stoked by rallying with such a big, passionate group. There are many challenges facing the oceans these days, and many deep pocketed forces aligned against it. If we’re going go win, everyone in the ocean community needs to be rowing in the same direction, and events like the Blue Vision Summit do just that.
Date Posted: May 26, 2011 @ 9:48 am Comments Off