Capitol Hill Ocean Week (CHOW), hosted by the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, gathers people together from across the U.S. and around the world to engage in a dialogue on how to sustain the health of our ocean and Great Lakes. This year, on June 8-10th, the conference will focus on building a more racially equitable and just movement for ocean and Great Lakes conservation.
CHOW is completely virtual, open to the public, and free to attendees.
The health of our great waters requires the experience, expertise, perspectives and values of all people. CHOW 2021 will examine how exclusionary practices and systemic racism impact conservation, science, and policy; and how strengthening justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion will improve the sustainability of our ocean, coasts, and Great Lakes. The conference will also provide a platform for panelists and participants to identify and discuss the priorities that could shape an ocean justice policy agenda: if ocean policy were just and equitable, what would it look like, and what are the actions we collectively need to take to get there?