Last year, the U.S. Department of State hosted the first “Our Ocean” Conference in Washington, D.C. Individuals, experts, and the international ocean and foreign policy communities from almost 90 countries came together to discuss problems and effective actions, share the best science, and offer unique perspectives.
"The conference was a great success and resulted in new partnerships and initiatives valued at more than $800 million to conserve the ocean and its resources," according to a representative at the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
Leonardo DiCaprio shakes hands with Secretary Kerry prior to delivering remarks at the 'Our Ocean' Conference in 2014. Image courtesy of the U.S. Department of State.
This year, Chile will host the second Our Ocean conference in Valparaíso from October 5-6. Several initiatives leading up to the 2015 conference encourage action to protect the ocean, providing a great opportunity for InterExchange program participants, alumni, and their local communities to get involved with outreach and volunteer activities in support of Our Ocean!
Support “Our Ocean” and Participate in the International Coastal Cleanup
A fantastic way to get involved is by participating in the International Coastal Cleanup, organized by the Ocean Conservancy! September 19, 2015 is the 30th anniversary of the International Coastal Cleanup. Learn more about how to find and participate in a cleanup in your area.
Post photos or a video clip of your participation in cleanup events on social media using the official Our Ocean conference hashtag #OurOcean2015 and the official International Coastal Cleanup hashtag #2015Cleanup.
The Department of State also shared the following ways to get involved:
Follow the Department of State’s Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs on Facebook and Twitter, and engage in social media conversations about ocean topics using hashtag #OurOcean2015.
Watch and share the Our Ocean 2015: Take Action for Our Ocean video featuring U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Chile’s Foreign Minister Heraldo Muñoz via social media.
Follow the Our Ocean 2015 conference live online on October 5-6, and use hashtag #OurOcean2015 to engage in conversations about the conference on social media.
Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Ani is a fan of exploring new places through photography and the local cuisine. After earning her BFA in photography from NYU and gaining communications experience at International Planned Parenthood Federation, she joined InterExchange in 2012, and worked as the Marketing Producer until 2016.