"To make democracy work, we must be a nation of participants, not simply observers." Louis L'Amour
Surfrider members from across the country are preparing to visit Washington D.C. on May 9-11, 2017 to urge our federal leaders to protect our nation's oceans, waves, and beaches. Hosted by the Blue Frontier Campaign, the Blue Vision Summit will bring together ocean advocates, scientists, and members of industry to discuss ways to advance marine conservation.
The Summit includes an Ocean Lobby Day on May 10th for attendees to meet with congressional offices about ocean issues. Surfrider is leading delegatations from seven different states and will participate in roughly 50 meetings total. Registration is still open and we encourage anyone interested to join us on Capitol Hill. All necessary training and materials will be provided, so there's no experience necessary.
The Blue Vision Summit conference program features ocean experts from across the country and addresses topics such as offshore drilling, coastal preservation, plastic pollution, and youth enagement. On Tuesday morning, Surfrider's CEO Dr. Chad Nelsen will present on the Opening Plenary – The Ocean Strategy Under President Trump.
On Wedeseday, Surfrider's Washington D.C. Chapter is hosting an evening fundraiser for Blue Vision participants after the Lobby Day at 7pm at the Public Bar (1214 18th St NW near the Dupont metro station). Please see the D.C. Chapter's website and Facebook page for more information.
The Surfrider Foundation is one of many ocean groups sponsoring the Blue Vision Summit. Surfrider members have been well-represented at previous Summits and this year promises to be our largest turnout yet! For those interested in attending the Summit, please click here to register. Youth scholarships are also available for students looking to cover their costs. Visit this link for more information.
See you in Washington D.C.!