We Are the Champions/You Are the Champions

Posted by: Jack Sterne

We knew when we started Ocean Champions that we were going to have to hear a lot of Queen’s bombastic rock classic, but we really didn’t care because we knew the name captured what we were trying to do on a number of different levels.

While co-founder David Wilmot and I personally championed the protection of the oceans, we knew that wasn’t enough. We knew we needed to start getting involved in elections to build political champions for the oceans in Congress and key states, and that was the real genesis of the name.

We had no idea we’d be building an organization that could generate thousands of emails to Congress and that we’d be able to add such a high level of activism to our targeted political strategy.

But that’s what’s happened, and what’s become clear, as we near the five-year mark and enter our third election cycle, is that you are the champions. We can’t accomplish the mission of this organization without committed supporters like you.

So as we introduce ourselves to you in our new blog over the next few weeks, please introduce yourselves to us, too. We want to hear from you and get to know you better. The more we talk to each other, the stronger the organization we’ll build, and the more influence we’ll have in Congress.

And someday maybe we’ll get together and sing Queen together. Badly, of course.

Date Posted: May 20, 2008 @ 9:05 pm


  1. Thanks Jack – now I can’t stop humming “We are the Champions”

    I can’t believe Ocean Champions has been on the scene for five years. What a lot of great stuff you all have done in that time.

    And when that day comes that we are all together singing Queen badly – we will then Rock the Vote.

    Keep up the good work.

    Comment by Maureen Wilmot — May 21, 2008 @ 4:41 pm
  2. I completely agree that a strong, active membership base is critical to achieving the Ocean Champions mission. With OC as the first national political voice for the oceans, the more engaged members it has, the louder that voice will be. If enough of the people who care about the ocean join, then, like the great heavy metal band Spinal Tap, we too will be able to say “ours (speakers) go to 11!”

    Great job over the first five years. Can’t wait to see what the next five will bring!

    Comment by Michael Dunmyer — May 29, 2008 @ 2:09 pm
  3. I’m extremely impressed by what David and his partner have created to take action to protect and preserve the oceans. I share David’s roots at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and I’m especially proud that he is putting his Scripps education into action that is good for the world. Long live more immortal words from Queen: Don’t Stop Me Now!

    Comment by Cindy Clark. — June 3, 2008 @ 1:29 pm

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