Ocean Climate Action Plan

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Ocean Climate Action Plan
Morgan Bennett-Smith

There is no path to a healthy and livable climate without the ocean. Humans can benefit from the ocean’s potentialto advance transformational, urgent, and immediate actions that address the climate crisis and stem the harms that climate change is already causing to coastal communities, marine resources, and the sustainable ocean economy. That’s why the Biden-Harris Administration developed this first-ever, whole-of-government Ocean Climate Action Plan (OCAP) to advance climate solutions, promote environmental justice, create good-paying jobs, and ensure sustainable coastal communities and a healthy ocean economy. Recognizing that effective action will require broad national participation, the OCAP was developed with input from across the Federal Government, Tribal Nations, other Indigenous Peoples, stakeholders, and the public.

The plan outlines the ocean climate actions needed to meet three goals:

(1) Create a carbon-neutral future without harmful emissions that cause climate change

(2) Accelerate nature-based solutions to protect and support natural coastal and ocean systems that store greenhouse gases, reduce the climate threat, and protect communities and ecosystems against unavoidable changes, and

3) Enhance community resilience to ocean change by developing ocean-based solutions that help communities adapt and thrive in our changing climate.

Read the full plan here

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