For September 12-14, 2018

For more information, please contact: Jessie Turner,, +1-702-521-2129


International Alliance to Combat Ocean Acidification to announce governmental plans for action, new members at the Global Climate Action Summit

San Francisco, CA – The International Alliance to Combat Ocean Acidification will announce new commitments from world leaders to take action aimed at protecting our oceans and coastal communities from impacts of climate change during an event in San Francisco, CA, organized as part of the Global Climate Action Summit.

The OA Alliance will also welcome new national, state and city members who have joined a growing worldwide coalition of governments committed to creating ocean acidification action plans and learning new and best policy and research approaches from each other. The new members are: Netherlands, Hawaii, Virginia, and Seattle.

For those reporting remotely, the event will be live-streamed on Twitter via Periscope from the @OA_Alliance account, and a link will remain on the Twitter feed for viewing after the broadcast concludes. To follow the OA Alliance at GCAS, use the #OAalliance hashtag.

WHO:  Remarks by:

  • California Secretary for Natural Resources, John Laird
  • French Minister of Ecological and Inclusive Transition
  • United Nations’ Special Envoy for the Ocean, Ambassador Peter Thomson
  • The Netherlands Minister of the Environment, Stientje van Veldhoven
  • Hawaii Chairperson of Land and Natural Resources, Suzanne Case
  • Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources, Matt Strickler
  • Seattle City Council Member, Mike O’Brien
  • CEO of Ocean Conservancy, Janis Searles Jones
  • Senior Ocean Advisor to Washington Governor Jay Inslee, Jennifer Hennessey
  • Chilean Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Julio Cordano
  • Special Representative for the Ocean Pathway, COP23 Presidency, Fiji, Taholo Kami
  • Senior Climate Advisor to Oregon Governor Kate Brown, Dr. Kristen Sheeran
  • Co-chair of Oregon Coordinating Council on OA and Hypoxia, Dr. Caren Braby
  • California Ocean Protection Council Climate Change Policy, Jennifer Phillips
  • Ocean Acidification Program Director, Ocean Conservancy, Dr. Sarah Cooley

WHEN:  September 13, 8:00 AM — 10:30 AM, Breakfast buffet will be served at 7:30 AM

WHERE:  Aquarium of the Bay (Pier 39), Embarcadero and Beach Street

RSVP:  To reserve your seat at this event, please email


Representatives from the OA Alliance in attendance at Global Climate Action Summit are available for print, television and radio interviews throughout the summit and can speak to:

  • The business and fisheries impacts that the U.S. West Coast and other coastal governments have already experienced due to ocean acidification.
  • How cities, states, provinces, countries, Tribes and First Nations, businesses and NGOs have banded together as the OA Alliance to work collaboratively to combat ocean acidification.
  • OA Alliance member states’ voluntary commitments to implement UN SDG 14 and their own plans for addressing ocean acidification. The California Ocean Protection Council will showcase their efforts to develop the State of California’s OA Action Plan- a policy and management action plan that will be the first of its kind in California and developed within the OA Alliance framework. Washington State developed an OA Action Plan in 2012 – the first government worldwide to do so – and is investing in research and monitoring, and implementation of actions to address ocean acidification.
  • The importance of international climate agreements that will reduce carbon emissions, the number one cause of ocean acidification.

For more on the International Alliance to Combat Ocean Acidification, including its full list of government, industry and NGO members, please visit or contact Jessie Turner,



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