Take action

Make your voice heard! Actions are being considered at the local, state and national level that affect marine animals in the wild and their habitats—as well as the future Seattle Aquarium. Help further our mission of Inspiring Conservation of Our Marine Environment by becoming an advocate for our one world ocean and the animals that live there, and the Seattle Aquarium itself.

Actions in the state legislature

We’re working with partners to pass state policies in 2021 that will help reduce plastic pollution in our ocean, maintain vital environmental programs and address climate change (read more about our 2021 priorities). As a member of the Environmental Priorities Coalition, we also support all of the coalition and Partnership Agenda priorities.

Please contact your legislators in January and February to urge them to protect our ocean and advance environmental justice, including by supporting the bills listed below. Visit the Washington State Legislature website to find your legislators’ email addresses or call the toll-free legislative hotline at 1-800-562-6000 to leave a message for all three of your legislators at once.

Reducing plastic pollution
SB 5022: Styrofoam ban, minimum recycled content in plastic bottles, and making single-use utensils, lids for cold beverages, straws and condiment packets available only upon a customer’s request.

Climate change
HB 1091: A Clean Fuels Standard to reduce pollution from the fuels that power transportation systems.

Environmental justice
SB 5141: Healthy Environment for All (HEAL) Act. A recommendation from the Environmental Justice Task Force, this bill adds an essential racial equity lens to Washington state’s environmental program work.

Seabed mining ban:
SB 5145: Prohibits seabed mining of hard minerals in Washington waters, which would have devastating impacts on marine ecosystems.

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Join the movement against single-use plastics!

Plastic pollution is impacting the health of our ocean, rivers and lakes—and the aquatic animals we love— at an increasing rate. But our everyday decisions have the power to change this. 


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Join us in speaking up on ocean policy

Incredibly important decisions that impact ocean health are being made by our elected leaders at the federal, state and local levels. The Aquarium is lending its voice to ensure stronger protections for our local waters, marine species and the greater ocean.

Visit our policy and advocacy page to learn about the issues that the Aquarium is working on. Subscribe to our policy & advocacy email list to receive occasional action alerts on ocean-related policy issues, from climate change and environmental justice to orca recovery and plastic pollution.

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Save Animals from Extinction (SAFE)

As an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), the Seattle Aquarium is proud to participate in Save Animals from Extinction (SAFE), a new commitment by the AZA's 229 accredited zoos and aquariums to harness our collective resources and work to save specific endangered species from extinction by restoring healthy populations in the wild. People like you, who visit the Seattle Aquarium and/or other AZA-accredited institutions, are an important element of this critical effort!