I know this is a time of great uncertainty for so many of us as we all cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. All of us at Ocean Conservancy are sending our support and well-wishes during these unprecedented—and yes, concerning—times.
Our first priority is ensuring the health of our staff, partners and supporters. We’re doing our part to #FlattentheCurve and limit the spread of the virus by having all staff work from home. We’re encouraging staff—and all our supporters—to practice appropriate social distancing. We’ve also suspended all work-related travel through the end of June. We are incredibly fortunate that we can largely continue our ocean conservation work (with the creative use of technology, social media and other tools) and are dedicated to advocating for our ocean as best we can. We are also profoundly grateful for those in health care, research, transportation, service industries and more who are working tirelessly to get us all through this time.
When I talk about ocean conservation to staff, friends and supporters, I often talk about the long-term, big picture—something that Ocean Conservancy is known for and is the hallmark of our durable ocean conservation work. Although at times the trials facing our ocean may seem insurmountable, I know that by working together we can protect our ocean and those who depend on it. I feel the same way about COVID-19: although these times feel uncertain, I am constantly encouraged by the great lengths taken by individuals and communities around the world to care for each other and for the most vulnerable.
Now is the time to take care of ourselves and each other. Although we are practicing social distancing (and hope you are, too!), we are fortunate that we can continue to share stories of compassion and resiliency online. Being able to connect with the staff and supporters of Ocean Conservancy through virtual meetings, social media and email reminds me that I am a part of a much larger community which strengthens my resolve every day. I encourage you to follow along with us online too, as we strive to bring you stories of ocean conservation and inspiration every day.
We have not lost sight of our goal of a healthy ocean. Please keep yourselves healthy, safe and hopeful. Together, we will get through this.