Why We Need The World Ocean Festival Now More Than Ever

"We care about this, all these organizations, companies, non-profits, artists, academics, and scientists all care about this, here’s what we know is working, and we support you in finding solutions. We’re on your team, and we’re here to help educate and amplify the good news of what’s actually effective and share those stories." 

It didn't take long for the Trump administration to make its views on science known — especially climate science. The EPA's website no longer features a climate science page (it now redirects to an "energy independence" page). And just this week the administration officially announced the plan to pull the U.S. out of the Paris Climate Agreement. So, for better or for worse, it's the perfect time to celebrate our oceans and encourage those in power to fight for them at this weekend's World Ocean Festival in NYC.

The festival kicks off with the Ocean March (a parade of boats along Brooklyn and Manhattan waterfronts) and continues with a slew of events on Governors Island. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, PhD, a marine biologist, conservation expert, and science advisor to the festival tells us she's organized a lineup of four panels for the festival. They'll cover coral reefs, plastic pollution, fishing, and the conservation programs that are already making huge changes here in NYC.

Read the full interview with Ayana Elizabeth Johnson on Refinery 29...