Five Ways You Can Participate in #OurOcean Conference

On September 15-16, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will host the third annual Our Ocean Conference in Washington, D.C. as a way to build on international commitments to protect the ocean made at previous Our Ocean conferences. This event will assemble global leaders in government and civil society to take action, developing solutions to protect our ocean which is under tremendous pressure from human activity -– including unsustainable and illegal fishing, marine pollution, and climate-related impacts.   

The U.S. Department of State and our partners are providing a number of ways you can engage during the Our Ocean conference:

1. Watch the #OurOcean Conference on State.gov.

We are pleased to announce President Barack Obama will deliver the keynote address on Thursday, September 15, 2016. Secretary Kerry, Under Secretary for Economic growth, Environment and Energy, Catherine Novelli and NOAA Administrator Kathryn Sullivan will also participate in the conference. Their remarks will be streamed live on state.gov and video.state.gov/live. Check out the full conference agenda and events schedule on state.gov/ourocean and ourocean2016.org. Following the event, you will be able to watch on-demand video of the conference on video.state.gov.

2. Go on the “Our Ocean, One Future” Virtual Field Trip.

In support of the Our Ocean Conference, Discovery Education broadcasted the “Our Ocean, One Future Virtual Field Trip,” a unique opportunity to learn about the threats facing our ocean. This 30-minute virtual field trip is the latest in the Of the People series, a collaborative effort between the White House and Discovery Education. The program features exclusive footage of the meeting between U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and high school students during which they discussed ocean protection and environmental issues along with other officials from the Department of State and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). This virtual field trip will be available to watch anytime, starting at 7 a.m. ET on September 14, 2016. To learn more and register a class, go to DiscoveryEducation.com/OfThePeople.

3. Take Action to Protect Our Ocean – and Let Others Know!

 The Department of State’s Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES), in partnership with Paul Allen’s production company, Vulcan Productions, launched 1000 Ocean Actions, a new effort to collect 1,000 individual actions that protect our ocean. By doing things like leading beach clean-ups, eating sustainable seafood, purchasing goods in recycled packaging, reducing the amount of plastic we use, and minimizing our overall carbon footprints, you are helping to repair our ocean. You can go online to share your actions as we prepare to share these achievements directly with the foreign ministers, major NGO leaders, and high-profile philanthropists attending this conference, and post them online for the world to see at an interactive web portal.

4. Join the #OurOcean Conversation on Social Media.

Members of the State Department’s online community have applied to participate in a social media meetup during the two-day Our Ocean conference. Meetup participants will share social media content from both the conference site at the U.S. Department of State and the "Our Ocean, One Future Leadership Summit” at Georgetown University. Keep an eye out for what they share about the conference. You can join the conversation, too, by using #OurOcean#ActOnClimate, #1KOceanActions and going to ourocean2016.org to find graphics and other content for use on social media. Visit to http://1000oceanactions.org to get involved.

5. Follow #OurOcean on @StateDept Social Media Accounts.

This year, the State Department will feature behind-the-scenes coverage with a real-time Snapchat story, Instagram content, and several Facebook Live sessions during the conference. Follow @StateDeptOES@StateDept@StateDeptLive@JohnKerry, and @CathyNovelli on Twitter and Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs on Facebook.

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Ted L.
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California, USA
September 15, 2016
The start of all life. We can do a better job of protecing "Our Ocean"..
Logo for Our Ocean Conference that will be held at the Harry S. Truman Building of the U.S. Department of State on September 15-16, 2016. [State Department Photo]
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September 14, 2016

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