It is time for the ocean, coasts, and Great Lakes to be a national priority and for more Americans to see themselves as part of the ocean movement. But, the ocean movement needs to preach beyond the choir in order to gain momentum and relevance in a changing world. Diversifying the ocean movement is an opportunity to connect, inspire, and empower people with backgrounds, perspectives, experiences, and values as diverse as the fabric of America. There are many ways to begin to improve diversity in the movement from educational programs and partnerships to career advancement and leadership positions. By creating a more open and inclusive environment, millions of new supporters would surely translate into more public support, more members, a larger volunteer base, and richer partnerships. CHOW 2016 will explore how to harness the power of diversity to strengthen the ocean movement and have a stronger influence on policies and decisions.
Darryl Fears | Staff Writer, The Washington Post
Vice Admiral Manson K. Brown, USCG (Ret) | Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Environmental Observation and Prediction and Deputy Administrator, U.S. Department of Commerce
José González | Founder, Latino Outdoors
Marce Gutiérrez-Graudiņš | Founder and Director, AZUL
Rachel Stewart | Volunteer Diver, Youth Diving with a Purpose