On World Oceans Day, Remember Elections Matter

Posted by: Mike Dunmyer

Happy World Oceans Day!  On this day when we celebrate the beauty, wonder and importance of our Mother Ocean, I’d like to thank all of our friends in the ocean community who fight to keep her healthy and thriving.

Thanks to the great people in the EDF Oceans group, The Ocean Conservancy, The Marine Conservation Institute, the Conservation Law Foundation, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Surfrider Foundation, Oceana, the Pew Foundation, the Ocean Foundation, and many others.  We’re all in this together.

I’d also like to thank all of our friends who attended our fundraiser for Congresswoman Lois Capps and who donated online – the Congresswoman was thrilled to have such great support from the ocean community! By the way, it’s not too late to donate…

And that brings me to the subject of elections, and the fact that they really, really matter for healthy oceans.  Quite simply, if we don’t elect people who understand and care about sustainable ocean policy, it won’t matter how many times we call, write or meet, as we’ll be ignored.  Elect enough champions, however, and we can win.

On that note, thank you (and congratulations) to Congressman Sam Farr, who fought against incredible odds to get his Marine Debris bill passed out of Committee yesterday (the Senate version also passed Committee, so we’ve got a chance to get something done here)!  Thanks to Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, who passed the National Endowment for the Oceans and is now working to get that great bill included in Conference Committee.  Thanks to Senator Olympia Snowe, who’s Harmful Algal Bloom bill just might move this year.  We’re working on all those issues, but without these great champions, they’d never see the light of day.

Congratulations are also due to champions who won important primaries this week, like Congresswoman Lois Capps, Congressman Sam Farr, Congressman John Garamendi, Congressman Mike Honda, Congresswoman Mary Bono-Mack, and Congressional candidate Jared Huffman.  The fight isn’t over as many of these champions still face very challenging general elections, but we’ll be working to help them win again in November.

Which takes me to my last point.  On World Oceans Day, make a commitment to Vote the Ocean, because it will make a difference.

Date Posted: June 8, 2012 @ 11:13 am Comments Off