ORI Partner: Alaska Oceans Fund

In Alaska, greenhouse gas atmospheric build-up, ocean acidification, and global warming threaten survival of local marine and terrestrial life to a greater extent with more pronounced causes and effects than anywhere else. In Alaska and across the nation, the needs are great for changes in people’s knowledge and awareness; the needs are just as great for changes in people’s behaviors.

Piping plover with chick underneath by John Van de Graaff
Bucking Salmon at the Alaska Oceans Festival, Anchorage

Overview
The Alaska Ocean Festival meets the needs of ecosystems and communities. The primary focus of the annual Oceans Festival is to educate the public and raise awareness about the importance of healthy oceans and to celebrate the bounty of Alaska's many marine resources. The festival presents a unique opportunity to bring Alaskans together to share, learn and to celebrate the significance oceans have in our lives.

Alaska Center for the Environment is Alaska's largest home-grown citizen's group working for the sensible stewardship of Alaska's natural environment. Alaskans depend on a healthy environment for subsistence, recreation, jobs, and peace of mind. As the state grows, it is essential that human development occurs in harmony with our natural environment.

Alaskan coastline
The Alaskan coastline is one of our greatest national treasures.

Deborah Williams, Alaska Ocean Fund and Alaska Conservation Solutions, is making known Alaska's global warming plight, is at work on remedies and is arming citizens with the information they need to act now to reduce carbon dioxide and methane emissions.

Bob Shavelson, Cook Inletkeeper, directs a community-based nonprofit organization that combined advocacy, education and science toward its mission to protect Alaska’s Cook Inlet watershed and the life it sustains. Inletkeeper’s monitoring and science work build credibility with scientists and resource managers, its education and advocacy efforts enhance stewardship and citizen participation. Together, these efforts translate into Inletkeeper’s ability to effectively ensure a vibrant and healthy Cook Inlet watershed.

Location: Alaskan coastline.

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Events

Alaska Ocean Festival
June 6, 2009

Related Links

Alaska Ocean Festival featuring Alexandra Cousteau, granddaughter of legendary ocean explorer Jacques-Yves Cousteau

Alaska is the Epicenter for Global Warming in the Nation. See the evidence at Alaska Conservation Solutions.

Conservationist sounds alarm on global warming
Deborah Williams presses Alaskans to lead battle against global warming (Word doc)

Alaska Youth for Environmental Action

Alaska Center for the Environment

Cook Inletkeeper, Bob Shavelson

Salmon Stream Monitoring Project

Citizen Environmental Monitoring Project (CEMP)

Cook Inlet Community-Based Water Quality Laboratory

The Ocean Foundation, Mark Spalding

Ocean and Climate Change Fund

 
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