Cartoon picture of wave crashing over the capitol building in DC
(Credit: Jim Toomey (Sherman's Lagoon) )

The Ocean Climate Action Plan (OCAP) Media Kit includes social media suggestions, specific talking points and policy recommendations, videos from key supporters who helped to craft the plan, OCAP-related articles, logos, photos, and media contacts.  Learn all about the Ocean Climate Action Coalition! 


Feel free to build your own posts, or simply retweet @CBE_MIIS or facebook @CenterForTheBlueEconomy or instagram @OceanClimateAction.

Wave over US Capitol Ocean Climate Action logo
(Credit: Jim Toomey, creator of Sherman's Lagoon )
No Water No Life No Blue No Green--Dr. Sylvia Earle
  • Thank you @sylviaearle for these wise words.  Without #OceanHealth, our entire global #WaterCycle is in peril. Without #biodiversity, the #oceans can’t fight #ClimateChange. We must act now for the health of our oceans, rivers, lakes and ourselves.
You cannot protect the oceans without solving climate change, and you cannot solve climate change without protecting the oceans--John Kerry
  • Thank you #OceanClimateAction Plan signatory @JohnKerry for your years of activism, pointing out the #OceanClimate connection.  Now is the time to act.

Blue water with white foam and black words "When it comes to climate impacts, every state is a coastal state." Deb Haaland
  • Thank you @DebHaalandNM (now Secretary of the Interior Haaland).  More than 50% of the air we breathe is generated by the #ocean. Inland states economies are tied to the coasts.  #OceanHealth and #Biodiversity are critical for solving the #ClimateCrisis.
Congress Must Take (hashtag) Ocean Climate Action (not a quote, declaritive statement)
  • NOW IS THE TIME to make BOLD INVESTMENTS in #CleanEnergy #OffshoreWind #CleanPorts to create #Jobs and the #ClimateCrisis. #ActOnClimate #OceanClimateAction.
Quote from Rep. Joe Cunningham, "The Ocean is the Lifeblood of our Planet" against an ocean wave
  • Thank you @JoeCunninghamSC.  The #Ocean<>#ClimateChange>>#GlobalWarming is affecting #OceanHealth and without a thriving ocean, all life systems are in peril.   #ActOnClimate #OceanClimateAction

A wetland with white words over image talking about how important seagrass and marshes are for sinking carbon, cooling the planet, and guarding from storm surge
  • #Oceans, #Wetlands, #Mangroves sink 1/4 to 1/3 of annual CO2 emissions, but the #ClimateCrisis is changing the temperature and chemistry of global oceans—we must address the root causes of #ClimateChange and restore #OceanHealth and #NatureBasedSolutions as key solutions.  #OceanClimateAction
Offshore wind turbines in a choppy sea
  • The US has significant wind resources that can provide #Renewable electricity for the nation, low-cost power, and #energy independence. #OceanClimateAction2021.  #ActOnClimate!

This must be a turning point and we must listen to our planet and act now--quote from Sec. Deb Haaland
  • Thank you @DebHaalandNM for this #wisdom.  The #ClimateCrisis is the existential threat of our times. We must move post-disaster $ into pre-disaster planning! Fund a #ClimateCorp to create job$ and #JustTransition to #OceanClimateAction2021 We must #ActOnClimate!
Hurricane Sandy Marblehead Massachusets
  • #Storms and #Flooding are increasing with #ClimateChange. We must PLAN NOW for #ClimateReality. #ActOnClimate #OceanClimateAction

(Side note:  This photo is of Hurricane Sandy, the deadliest and most destructive, as well as the strongest, hurricane of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season. Inflicting nearly $70 billion (2012 USD) in damage, it was the second-costliest hurricane on record in the United States until surpassed by Hurricanes Harvey and Maria in 2017. source: Wikipedia)

Quote from Senator Jeff Merkly "We can and are spoiling this treasure and we have to do everything we can to fight back" agains ocean scene with surfer
  • Thank you @SenJeffMerkley. NOW IS THE TIME to #ActOnClimate—the #ClimateCrisis is the #OceanCrisis—We must move away from fossil fuels, creating #Infrastructure for #CleanEnergy #Jobs and a #JustTransition.
Quote from Rep. Joe Cunningham, "The Ocean is the Lifeblood of our Planet" against an ocean wave
  • Thank you @JoeCunninghamSC.  The #Ocean<>#ClimateChange>>#GlobalWarming is affecting #OceanHealth and without a thriving ocean, all life systems are in peril.  #ActOnClimate #OceanClimateAction
The cover page of the Ocean Climate Action Plan, a blue world on a blue background
  • #OffshoreRenewable #WaveEnergy #TidalEnergy, #ThermalEnergy with strict life-cycle and impact standards address the #ClimateCrisis for a #JustTransition and #Jobs.  #ActOnClimate #OceanClimateAction  #CleanOceanEnergy.


The OCAP learning series describes what we are fighting for over five weeks:  first a general overiew of the Ocean Climate Action Plan, then the 4 parts of the OCAP plan, can be found here.  Post as you see fit!



250 Word Email template—Background and Call to Action

Subject line: Ocean Climate Action Plan


The Climate Crisis is an Ocean Crisis, and oceans, coastlines, rivers, and the Great Lakes must not be overlooked in solutions. The non-partisan Ocean Climate Action Plan (OCAP) was developed over the past two years by hundreds of industry leaders, marine conservationists, academics, frontline communities, Indigenous communities, youth activists, and policymakers with Blue Frontier and the Center for the Blue Economy acting as convenors.  It is intended as a template for federal laws and policies.  The plan calls for bold and strategic investments that help decarbonize American industry, create new jobs in clean energy and climate adaptation, while addressing climate injustices of the past, and looking to innovative solutions for the future.  Several prominent allies and supporters have become Primary Signatories to the plan, including (NAME OF PERSON AT THAT ORG WHO IS SIGNATORY), Climate Envoy John Kerry, Former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, and the father of the environmental justice movement, Dr. Robert Bullard.  Roughly 50% of the OCAP policy recommendations are included in HR 8632 the Ocean-Based Climate Solutions Act, but the work does not stop there. The OCAP team invites the (INSERT NAME OF UNIVERSITY OR OR) community to join the effort.  Learn more and sign up on the OCAP mailing list here:


Ocean Climate Action Additional Slides & Memes

Need more images and memes that share the ocean/climate connection message & give the Ocean Climate Action backstory?  Check out this folder of memes and “Learning Series” slides formatted for twitter, facebook, or instagram.

Ocean Climate Action Main Websites

Cartoon picture of wave crashing over the capitol building in DC
(Credit: Jim Toomey (Sherman's Lagoon) )

Ocean Climate Action Large Logo

Need a bigger image to use or size to your specs? This graphic created by Jim Toomey (creator of Sherman’s Lagoon cartoon series) is our main Ocean Climate Action logo.  To download the graphic, click here:  Ocean Climate Action logo (1536x1152). 

Where to Find Ocean Climate Action Co-Leads (Center for the Blue Economy and Blue Frontier) on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and the Web

A purple and red/yellow box made to look something like a camera




Full Report-Ocean Climate Action Plan

The Ocean Climate Action Plan or OCAP

“It’s time for boldness because there is so much to do!” - President Joseph R. Biden.  

The Biden Administration is committed to fighting climate change.  All sectors of the ocean conservation and environmental justice community must act now to promote a new blue economy for the 21st century. Together, we will ensure that the Ocean Climate Action Plan (OCAP) is central to U.S. policy.

Our coalition is working around the clock to get new laws passed in Congress and to make sure federal agencies use their regulatory and budgetary power to support our ocean climate action recommendations including:

  • Offshore renewable energy that supports communities and ecosystems
  • A job-producing new living shorelines coastal restoration industry
  • Sustainable fisheries and aquaculture
  • The greening of our ports and shipping industry
  • The 30x30 initiative to expand marine protected areas to 30% of federal waters

Join us!!! Make 2021 the year of the oceans!


Youth for Ocean Climate Action

Georgia led youth make the connection between the ocean and climate change, and ask the public for action! 

How Adaptation Gets Done--The Miami Beach Story

Ms. Elizabeth Wheaton, Director of the Environment and Sustainability Department for the City of Miami Beach describes her city’s innovative adaptation actions. She spoke as part of the Ocean Climate Action Webinar, held April 29, 2020, hosted by the Center for the Blue Economy and Blue Frontier.

How to Fix the Broken Flood Insurance Program

Mr. Frank Nutter, President of the Reinsurrance Association of America presents ideas that can save the National Flood Insurance Program from insolvency, and make it truly responsive to community need. He spoke as part of the Ocean Climate Action Webinar, held April 29, 2020, hosted by the Center for the Blue Economy and Blue Frontier.

California State Controller Betty Yee Tells It Like It Is

Betty Yee speaks frankly about the ocean and the economy at the October 2019 meeting of the Ocean Climate Action Plan Summit, hosted by the Center for the Blue Economy at the Middlebury Institute and Blue Frontier.     

Three Minutes of Blue New Deal Inspiration

Watch highlights from a few of our keynote speakers who helped to open the Ocean Climate Action Webinar.   Three minutes of inspiration to spark a movement.

Full Video from the Ocean Climate Action Webinar, April 29, 2020

Want to see a certain section or speaker?  Click this OCAP webinar navigation document for start & end times of each section, and click on the names in the document for bio links of speakers.  

The Role of Blue Carbon in Climate Change Impacts

This news story by KPBS in San Diego features one of our partners, WildCoast, in our fight to bring ocean climate legislation to the national fore in 2021.   It defines blue carbon and how it can help defend against the effects of climate change.  Blue carbon is a part of the coastal adaptation recommendations in the Ocean Climate Action Plan, a non-partisan policy paper co-created by the Center for the Blue Economy, Blue Frontier, and our partner organizations. 


Dani Washington and David Helvarg--two ocean activists

Rising Tide Podcasts from Blue Frontier

Podcasts, blogs, news articles and books from the Blue Frontier, click here:  Rising Tide Podcasts & Blue News


Ocean Climate Action Plan Background

On March 13th, 2019, David Helvarg of the Blue Frontier and Jason Scorse of the Center for the Blue Economy wrote “Putting the Blue in the Green New Deal,” an opinion piece in the scientific magazine Mongabay.   The two ocean-focused non-profit organizations realized that they were uniquely positioned to act as conveners who could bring together thought leaders to refine and expand the initial ideas into the Ocean Climate Action Plan.   A meeting of California leaders was convened on October 18th—more about that meeting can be found here:  The Ocean Climate Action Summit—California Meeting.   

On January 13th, 2020, the first consensus draft of the Ocean Climate Action Plan was released (based on comments from our Oct.18 meeting in California). After a comment period, the second draft was released on March 12th, 2020.

On Wednesday, April 29th, 2020, the two organizations hosted a webinar that looked in depth at the issues addressed by the Ocean Climate Action Plan.  After introductory remarks by Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon, Congresswoman Deb Haaland of New Mexico, Congressman Joe Cunningham of South Carolina, and Ms. Franceska De Oro, youth activist from Guam, we spent one hour on each of the four parts of the plan. (Full webinar video and guide to sections and speakers above).  The final plan took into consideration the 100 questions and comments raised during the webinar, and we encouraged the public to give further feedback on Draft #2.

The final draft of the Ocean Climate Action Plan was published on July 13th, 2020.  Next began the process of translating the final recommendations into legislative and policy language at the state and federal levels. Much of the OCAP recommendations were adopted into the Ocean-Based Climate Solutions Act, HR8632

On April 14, 2021, in one of the largest and certainly most timely Ocean lobbies in U.S. history, over 300 people from more than 30 states and territories met with 107+ Members of the House of Representatives and their staff, and 33+ Senators and staff.  Over 150 virtual meetings took place on Ocean Climate Action Lobby Day!  The coalition (many of whose members had never visited with their elected representatives before) sent a clear message to our national policymakers:  you cannot solve the climate crisis without ocean health, and ocean health is key to solving the climate crisis.

We will continue to build the broad coalition and constituency needed to support ocean climate bills in the U.S. Congress. This will include a media campaign, opinion pieces, and your support spreading the message from sea to shining sea.

Our goal is strong local and federal ocean-climate policy signed into law as soon as possible. The climate emergency is an ocean emergency.  There is no time to waste.

Elizabeth Warren’s Blue New Deal

Many people have inquired whether the Center for the Blue Economy or Blue Frontier had any hand in Warrens’ Blue New Deal proposal, given how closely it resembles the Ocean Climate Action Plan framework. The answer is no. No one in the Warren camp consulted with our organizations. We are of course pleased that the Senator and former Presidential candidate have taken on this issue, raising its profile. But this work goes beyond any single politician or party. The OCAP process is a bottom-up nonpartisan coalition-building effort that will take many months (and likely years) to achieve its goals.  Public support is crucial to build and sustain this effort.  If you have any questions or comments please contact

The Ocean Climate Action Plan Team

The development of the Ocean Climate Action plan was a collaboration between the Center for the Blue Economy and Blue Frontier, with considerable input from the Youth Advisory Council.  The two organizations acted as conveners bringing together more than 800 people to give input into the final recommendations.  Read more about OCAP team by clicking the links below.

Center for the Blue Economy logo--a shield with the world, a book, and a  historic building on the campus of the Middlebury Inst of Intl. Studies in Monterey

Center for the Blue Economy (CBE)

Our mission at the Center for the Blue Economy is to promote a sustainable, resilient ocean and coastal economy (the “Blue Economy”) through leadership in research, analysis, and education. 

To download the CBE LOGO, click here:  Center for the Blue Economy logo

Blue Frontier Logo--a black/white hand upright in the "power" fist, holding green seaweed--with subheader "seaweed rebel"

Blue Frontier

Blue Frontier is a national leader in providing resources and opportunities to bring citizens who care about the health of our coasts and ocean into the decision making process.

To download the BLUE FRONTIER LOGO, click here:  Blue Frontier logo



Elli Kerlow, Communications Director, Blue Frontier                                                                             

Lauren Townsend, OCAP Virtual Lobby Days Coordinator

David Helvarg, Director, Blue Frontier

Jason Scorse, Director, Center for the Blue Economy