Capitol Hill Ocean Week (CHOW), hosted by the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, gathers people together from across the U.S. and around the world to engage in a dialogue on how to sustain the health of our ocean and Great Lakes. This year, the conference will focus on building a more racially equitable and just movement for ocean and Great Lakes conservation. CHOW is open to the public and free to attendees. The Foundation relies on the generous support of sponsors to host CHOW.
Systemic racism impacts laws, policies, and institutions, resulting in inequitable outcomes for communities across this nation which are impossible to ignore. These inequities require each of us to take action. As an organization, the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation believes we need to confront these inequities and identify the steps we can take as a community to address racial equity and justice in ocean conservation, science, and policymaking.
The health, well-being and sustainability of our ocean and Great Lakes depend on the actions we take now to ensure transformative and durable effects. Achieving bold, lasting change in ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes policy will require the experience, expertise, perspectives and values of the communities most affected by environmental inequities. CHOW 2021 is an opportunity to examine how exclusionary practices and systemic racism negatively impact conservation, science, and policy. And, how strengthening justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion will improve the sustainability of our ocean, coasts, and Great Lakes and the communities that depend on them.
The CHOW 2021 program will explore how people and communities vulnerable to climate change are advancing local, regional, and national resiliency efforts and identify potential strategies to address impact. It will examine the intersection of people and the environment and how we ensure that all communities have the same protection from environmental hazards; and equal access to opportunities to maintain a healthy environment to live, learn, and work. The CHOW 2021 program will also look at the intersection of social justice and ocean and Great Lakes resource management and conservation. Ultimately, we believe the conversations from CHOW 2021 will reveal a set of priorities that can emerge as the core of a policy agenda centered on justice and equity; and we believe participants in this event, led by the communities most impacted by these inequities, can lead efforts to shape and advocate for this ocean justice policy agenda in the weeks and months following CHOW 2021.
Capitol Hill Ocean Week 2021 Sponsors
Our online platform will be inclusive and accessible to attendees all over the United States and the world.
For more about Capitol Hill Ocean Week, archives of CHOWs past, and other information, visit our CHOW main page.
If you have questions, please contact us at email@example.com.
To be announced soon! Stay tuned.
The Foundation is pleased to work with an advisory council, led by a team from the Meridian Institute, to help shape the agenda for Capitol Hill Ocean Week in 2021.
Chief of Strategy
Climate Campaign Manager
Union of Concerned Scientists
Lead Instructor and Safety Officer
Diving With a Purpose
Trisha Kehaulani Watson
Owner and Founder
Francisco “Paco” Ollervides
Green Leadership Trust
Chieftess and Head-of-State
FEF McKnight Doctoral Fellow
Hispanic Access Foundation
Fundraising and Operations Manager
Creation Justice Ministries
Justice and Equity Director
National Marine Sanctuary Foundation
Policy Outreach Coordinator
Policy and Conservation Director
President and CEO
Senior Project Coordinator
Senior Mediator and Program Manager
What started as a small, daylong gathering in 2001 is now Capitol Hill Ocean Week (CHOW), the nation’s premier annual conference examining current marine, coastal and Great Lakes policy issues.
Convened by the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation every June, CHOW brings together scientists, policymakers, scholars, businesses and conservation leaders to address pressing conservation, science, and management issues facing our oceans and Great Lakes.
The conference is held in conjunction with the Foundation’s Ocean Awards Gala, which recognizes champions of marine and Great Lakes stewardship with Leadership, Lifetime Achievement, Conservation Innovation, and Sanctuary Wavemaker Awards.