The Center for the Blue Economy has partnered with Blue Frontier to bring together thought leaders from across industry, government, academia, and the conservation community with a goal of expanding and refining the Ocean Climate Action Plan or OCAP (draft #2 available here). The plan, with its growing support, will provide the template for historic ocean climate legislation and policy actions beginning in 2021.
OCAP has two main objectives:
- To use ocean and coastal resources to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and
- To help coastal communities to equitably adapt to climate change impacts.
The policy recommendations being developed can also be used as a template for state legislation in large coastal states, such as California, Florida, Alaska, and Louisiana. The Center for the Blue Economy and Blue Frontier are acting as convenors for a diversity of stakeholders in this collaborative, nonpartisan effort. Time is running out to mitigate the worst aspects of climate change. There is an urgent need to put in place sensible policies to ensure continued prosperity in the coastal regions, which are ground zero for climate impacts.