A Voice for Our Ocean

Statement: We Need to Prepare Our Coasts for the Effects of Climate Change

Washington, D.C. — Representative Salud Carbajal (D-CA-24) introduced the Coastal State Climate Preparedness Act of 2019 in the House of Representatives. Following the introduction of the bill, Anne Merwin, Ocean Conservancy’s Senior Director for Conservation Policy and Programs, issued the following statement: 

The ocean effects of climate change, from sea level rise to changing ocean chemistry, threaten our coastal and Indigenous communities, ecosystems, fisheries and local economies. Adapting to a changing ocean requires an all-hands-on-deck commitment from the federal government on down to the States and local municipalities. We applaud Representative Salud Carbajal (D-CA-24) for introducing the Coastal State Climate Preparedness Act of 2019. This bill recognizes the importance of making investments in adaptive management strategies for ocean-based ecosystems and resources to ensure our coasts’ continued well-being.