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December 13, 2016

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U.S., Global Leaders Launch International Alliance to Combat Ocean Acidification

Government leaders launch effort to protect ocean, coastal economies at risk

CORONADO, Calif. — Today leaders from around the world, representing U.S. cities, states, businesses and international federal governments, joined together to sign onto the newly formed International Alliance to Combat Ocean Acidification. Members of this new Alliance will work collaboratively and individually to take actions in order to combat ocean acidification and changing ocean conditions, as well as reduce future impacts to our coastal communities, economies and the health of our oceans.

“Climate change degrades our oceans and coastline,” said Governor Brown at a meeting of the International Alliance to Combat Ocean Acidification in San Diego. “Today, California’s taking additional steps to reduce ocean acidity, boost renewable energy and prevent further coastal oil and gas drilling.”

Scientists have found that ocean acidification resulting from greenhouse gas emissions has increased by 30 percent and is expected to double over pre-industrial levels by the end of the 21st century. The oceans are the primary protein source for 2.6 billion people, and support $2.5 trillion of economic activity each year. However, drastic changes are occurring in our oceans – from oyster hatchery die-offs to coral reef bleaching – that are being felt by coastal communities around the world.

With so much at stake, the International Alliance to Combat Ocean Acidification’s Call to Action provides an immediate opportunity for interested parties across the globe to recognize ocean acidification as an imminent threat to coastal economies and ocean ecosystems. Alliance members will work to further five goals:

  1. Advance scientific understanding of ocean acidification
  2. Take meaningful actions to reduce causes of acidification
  3. Protect the environment and coastal communities from impacts of a changing ocean
  4. Expand public awareness and understanding of acidification, and
  5. Build sustained support for addressing this global problem

Individual members are committing to supporting the work of the Alliance broadly, and are committing to taking meaningful actions locally, by crafting their own jurisdictional Ocean Acidification Action Plans, focusing on advancing the five major goals of the Alliance. Some of the initial members of the Alliance include the states of Washington, Oregon and California, provinces of British Columbia and Quebec, nations of Chile, France and Cross River, Nigeria. Alliance Affiliates include Ocean Conservancy, World Wildlife Fund, The Nature Conservancy and Monterey Bay Aquarium. A full list of members can be found at www.OAAlliance.org.

To address ocean acidification on a global scale, the governments have formed the International Alliance to Combat Ocean Acidification (Alliance) by which members will commit to working collaboratively and taking individual actions that address the environmental and economic threat posed by ocean acidification within their region. More information at www.OAAlliance.org.

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Global, U.S. Leaders Launch International Alliance to Combat Ocean Acidification

New policy collaboration to protect ocean, coastal economies at risk

CORONADO, Calif. – Today leaders representing U.S. cities, states, businesses and national governments from around the globe, joined together to sign onto the newly formed International Alliance to Combat Ocean Acidification. Members who commit to joining the OA Alliance will work collaboratively and individually to take actions that combat ocean acidification and changing ocean conditions, moving climate policy forward regardless of the national political winds.

Scientists have found that ocean acidification resulting from greenhouse gas emissions has increased by 30 percent and is expected to double over pre-industrial levels by the end of the 21stcentury. The oceans are the primary protein source for 2.6 billion people, and support $2.5 trillion of economic activity each year. However, drastic changes are occurring in our oceans – from oyster hatchery die-offs to coral reef bleaching – that are being felt by coastal communities around the world.

A formal launch event of the OA Alliance is taking place at Hotel del Coronado in San Diego on Tues. Dec. 13 at 10 a.m. To attend this press conference remotely, tune in to the event via Periscope livestream by following @PCCleads on Twitter.

WHEN: Tuesday Dec. 13, 9:30-11 a.m. PST

  • Announcement of OA Alliance and remarks, press Q&A to follow: 9:30 a.m.
  • Briefing from selected panel: 10:15 a.m. (media encouraged to attend)

WHO:

Remarks from:

  • California governor Jerry Brown
  • California secretary for Natural Resources, John Laird
  • Patricio Utreras, deputy chief of mission at Embassy of Chile
  • Emmanuel Lebrun-Damiens, consul general of France
  • Washington governor Jay Inslee (remotely)
  • Oregon governor Kate Brown (remotely)

Briefing panelists:

  • Francis Chan, Oregon State University
  • Bill Dewey, Taylor Shellfish
  • Mick Devin, Maine State House of Representatives
  • Sarah Cooley, Ocean Conservancy

Visit www.oaalliance.org for up-to-date press announcements on Dec. 13, or contact Sian Wu, sian@resource-media.org for more information.

To address ocean acidification on a global scale, the governments have formed the International Alliance to Combat Ocean Acidification (Alliance), whose members will commit to working collaboratively and taking individual actions that address the environmental and economic threat posed by ocean acidification within their region. More information is available atwww.OAAlliance.org.

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Reporting: OA Alliance Launch


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