Confronting Climate Change

Taking the ocean into account is critical for successfully addressing climate change, and addressing climate change is critical for the future of the ocean.

Events and Announcements

Ocean-Climate Leadership at the Blue COP
December 9, 2019
U.S. Climate Action Center
25th Conference of the Parties (COP25) to the UNFCCC
Madrid, Spain
U.S. nonfederal and international leaders discuss their ocean-climate actions and announce new initiatives that are launching at the “Blue COP.” Featuring leaders from California, Fiji, Costa Rica, Maryland, Washington State, Hawaii, and others.
See the agenda. 

Soft launch of the Pacific Rim Ocean-Climate Action Partnership (PROCAP)
December 9, 2019
PROCAP is a coalition to protect the world’s largest ocean in the face of climate change. This national-subnational partnership is resolved to drive ambitious reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, maximize sustainable ocean-related mitigation measures, and build the climate resilience of ocean and coastal ecosystems as well as the communities and economies on the front lines of ocean and climate change. PROCAP had a soft launch at COP25 with a founding set of members, including California, Fiji, Costa Rica, Peru, and Panama.
See the PROCAP charter.

U.S. States Taking Ocean-Climate Action
December 9, 2019
The United States has begun the process of withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement, but U.S. states continue to confront the climate crisis, including on ocean issues. Along both coasts, states are seeing the damaging impacts of climate change firsthand. In this bicoastal and bipartisan call to action, states outline their principles for ocean-climate stewardship and urge countries to create increasingly ambitious and “ocean-smart” climate goals. Signatories include Maryland, Washington, California, Hawaii, Virginia, and Rhode Island.
See the declaration. 

High-Level Event on Ocean-Climate Action
December 11 ,2019
Chile Pavilion
25th Conference of the Parties (COP25) to the UNFCCC
Madrid, Spain
A discussion on the growing ocean-climate movement, progress at COP25, and next steps in 2020. Featuring ministers from Fiji, Sweden, Norway, Indonesia, Canada, and Chile.
See the agenda.

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