Sign your name to protect coastal habitats for biodiversity, climate and equitable access to nature
The national goal to protect and conserve at least 30% of U.S. land, waters and ocean by 2030, known as 30x30, represents the single greatest conservation agenda the United States has ever committed to. As outlined in the Conserving and Restoring America the Beautiful report, the goal is a reminder that conservation is never just for conservation’s sake. You can learn more by reading our blog 30x30: Saving Biodiversity, Stabilizing The Climate And Increasing Environmental Equity.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is taking public comment on how it should achieve this goal. We encourage you to add your name to the letter below urging NOAA to strengthen and advance strong marine protections on our coasts. Please consider including a personal note about why marine protection matters to you, as that will carry even more weight with decision-makers.
If you’d like to do more, you can register to participate in one of the upcoming public listening sessions hosted by NOAA: Monday, November 8, 2021, 11am–1pm PT and Tuesday, November 16, 2021, 1–3pm PT. You can also submit your own comment to NOAA, urging them to better protect more of our coastal waters.
To the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration,
Marine ecosystems are threatened by human activity, climate change and unsustainable fishing. As marine ecosystems falter, human communities are at greater risk and suffer reverberating impacts.
30x30 represents a pivotal—and last—opportunity to reverse the trajectory of nature loss, climate change and nature inequity. Such an effort must be guided by the best available science and grounded in a conservation ethic that centers all human and nonhuman communities, but especially the most vulnerable.
As a leader of this initiative, NOAA has the power and opportunity to center the ocean and safeguard the innumerable benefits it provides for all. While 23% of the U.S. ocean is currently protected, less than 1% of our productive and precious coastal waters have such protections; instead, the protections are concentrated in the remote Pacific.
I join the Seattle Aquarium in urging NOAA to exercise its maximum authority to strengthen and advance protections for our coastal waters as quickly as possible.