A healthier planet and ocean: Seattle Aquarium endorses Initiative 1631

A message from President and CEO Bob Davidson:

There is no question that our ocean is in trouble. Sometimes the problems can seem overwhelming, but as Sylvia Earle, one of the preeminent ocean conservationists of our time has said, "Our past, our present, and whatever remains of our future, absolutely depend on what we do now."

The Aquarium aspires to turn knowledge into inspiration and move people to action. And this November, Washington voters have an opportunity to take a big step toward better protecting the health of our planet and the ocean, by voting YES on Initiative 1631.

Girl leans on glass of harbor seal exhibit at Seattle Aquarium

There is no question that carbon emissions pollute our air and our waterways. The pollution we create has adverse impacts on the Salish Sea and the organisms that live here including oysters, salmon, orcas and many others.

I-1631 won’t save our ocean by itself, but it is a huge step in the right direction that will help curb pollution and promote clean energy alternatives. The measure was carefully crafted by a broad coalition of community members and will flip the script on our state’s largest polluters that have been ignoring their responsibility for too long.

The science is clear:

  • Ninety-seven percent of global climate scientists agree that climate change is caused by human activity.

  • Approximately 50 percent of the CO2 emissions produced by humans have been absorbed by our ocean.

  • Increased CO2 emissions have resulted in a decrease in ocean pH, commonly known as ocean acidification, interfering with the ability of marine organisms like corals and oysters to build their shells, affecting ocean health and those whose livelihoods depend on it like oyster farmers.

  • A warmer ocean is causing fundamental changes in the nature of our marine ecosystems and impacting the animals that live there.
Seattle Aquarium beach naturalists at Dash Point park
Seattle Aquarium beach naturalists at Dash Point State Park


As a conservation organization, the Seattle Aquarium is proud to join the largest coalition in Washington state history in support of I-1631, which is made up of over 250 groups, representing scientists, working families and organized labor, communities of color, environmental advocates, clean energy companies, health professionals, businesses, faith organizations, and tribal nations.

The measure invests in a clean energy future, devotes funding toward clean water and healthy forests, and provides support for local communities to ensure the most vulnerable are not adversely impacted. This citizen-driven initiative will make Washington a world-wide leader in the movement for a healthier planet and ocean, and we hope you will join us in supporting it.

You can learn more by visiting www.Yeson1631.org and don’t forget to mail your ballot by November 6.

Seattle Aquarium CEO & President, Bob Davidson
President and CEO, Bob Davidson


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