Ocean Climate Action Plan
The Ocean Climate Action Plan (OCAP) is a policy framework for developing the US Blue Economy in the 21st century to both mitigate the impacts of climate change and accelerate coastal adaptation efforts.
OCAP includes the best ideas from individuals and organizations across industry, academia, NGOs, and government. The policy recommendations included in this document appeal to both Democrats and Republicans, as ensuring a healthy and vibrant ocean and coastal economy is firmly in the national interest.
In partnership with the Center for the Blue Economy, the first consensus draft of the Ocean Climate Action Plan was released. This plan will be taken to D.C. for a series of national meetings in the Spring of 2020. The goal is to finalize the plan and then begin working on federal legislation that translates the framework into a bill for the 2021 Congress.
After the D.C. meeting, we will produce a final draft endorsed by the major ocean and coastal NGOs and industries in the US, which will be sent on to presidential candidates for endorsement or response, and the political parties for inclusion into their platforms. From there the framework will be translated into legislation that can be acted on at the federal level in the new Congress of 2021, as well as at the state level.
More on the OCAP
Putting the Blue in the Green New Deal, Mongabay
Diving into an Ocean Climate Action Plan, Alert Diver
The Ocean Climate Action Summit: From California Consensus to a National “Blue New Deal”, Center for the Blue Economy
A Blue New Deal for a Blue Marble Planet, Mission Blue