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CHOW 2022 – Sea: The Future
June 7 Plenary Discussion Panel Featuring 7 powerful speakers including Maya van Rossum, Founder of Green Amendments For The Generations:
9:30 to 10 am: In 1972, the United States enacted a wave of legislation to protect our ocean, coasts, and Great Lakes. Fifty years later, we face new challenges as we work together to conserve our ocean and Great Lakes for future generations. This plenary session will explore how these Acts fundamentally changed how the United States manages marine, Great Lakes, and coastal environments and what needs to happen in the future.
In 1972, the United States enacted a wave of legislation—the Marine Protection, Research and Sanctuaries Act, the Marine Mammal Protection Act, the Coastal Zone Management Act and amendments to the Clean Water Act—to sustain our ocean, coasts, and Great Lakes.
Today, 50 years later, we face new challenges. Climate change and biodiversity loss are fundamentally changing our ocean and Great Lakes. Coastal development increases pressures on ecosystems and communities. Multiple demands on resources and space lead to challenging policy and regulatory questions regarding how to best manage uses and sustain livelihoods. At the same time, coastal communities face a multitude of other issues, including migration and displacement, loss of culture, and ensuring equitable access to nature and resources.
These challenges all share a common solution: people.
The decisions that we make today will have long-term impacts on the health of our blue planet. Join us for Capitol Hill Ocean Week (CHOW) from June 7 – 9, 2022, to celebrate the 50 years of progress achieved and to set a course for the new policies and actions necessary to transform our future.