At the height of the Boulder County Farmers’ Market rush hour late Saturday morning, within the bustling crowd of weekend shoppers, a small dance troupe suddenly emerged, dressed in blue and swirling ribbons of fabric to simulate ocean waves.
Colorado Ocean Coalition:
Saving the Seas from a Mile High
Truth: Colorado has more scuba divers per capita than anywhere else in the U.S. Boulder’s Vicki Nichols Goldstein capitalized on the landlocked state’s many ocean enthusiasts to found the Colorado Ocean Coalition in 2010. Created to unite and empower through education and activities, COCO works to emphasize that everyone, no matter how far they are from the sea, makes daily choices upstream that have powerful effects downstream.
- Reduce fossil fuel use, as 30 percent of the carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere falls into the ocean, making it acidic and less hospitable to marine life. The acidity weakens shellfish, coral, and plankton, the base of the marine food chain.
- Choose fish from markets that buy environmentally-sustained seafood caught in a healthy way, not by fleets with massive nets. These nets often scoop up the desired catch but also turtles, seabirds, and mammals, which COCO states causes more than 2 billion pounds of sea life to be discarded annually.
- Reduce use of plastics, such as single-use bags, bottles, and caps, as plastic never completely disappears but breaks down into smaller pieces that is then eaten by marine life.
COCO’s centerpiece is its annual ‘Making Waves’ conference, bringing together top ocean conservationists and personalities to discuss current threats impacting the ocean’s health. Guests have included Oscar winning filmmaker Louie Psihoyos, oceanographer Sylvia Earle and Jacques Cousteau’s nephew Philippe. And singer/surfer Jack Johnson’s Ohana Charitable Foundation has offered matching donations to support COCO’s efforts.
Back to those divers: Nichols Goldstein has just launched a new movement to “blue” the diving industry to get ecotourism, dive shops and dive industry businesses working together to save what they all need to survive – healthy oceans.
Posted on December 20, 2013, by Rob Bryan
Mark J. Spalding, the President of The Ocean Foundation, says that supporting ocean conservation efforts in Colorado can inspire genuine curiosity about the wisdom of such efforts so far from the coast.
The people of Colorado are more connected to the ocean than they might think– September’s record rainfall reminded everyone that the wet weather systems that dump on Colorado begin far out in the Pacific Ocean hundreds of miles away. We live on an ocean planet and thus the choices we make in the middle of any continent have direct ties to the sea. More…
Posted on October 21, 2013 by Ruthanne Johnson
Colorado Ocean Coalition is making waves in the direction of cleaner, sustainable oceans. Human activity is creating massive dead zones in waters along coastal regions. For example, the Mississippi River—a drainage area for 31 states, including Colorado, as well as two Canadian provinces—dumps runoff that includes nitrogen and phosphorus from fertilizers into the Gulf of Mexico.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 By Courtney Mattison
When Colorado Ocean Coalition (COCO) founder Vicki Nichols Goldstein came up with the idea for Making WAVES in Colorado – an ocean lovers’ conference held annually in landlocked Boulder, CO – she never dreamt that waves would literally come crashing on her doorstep.
By now, you have all been bombarded by the phrases “go green” and “be sustainable” in the media, in advertising and from peers, but have you heard of the phrase “go blue?”
– See more at: http://scubadiverlife.com/2013/06/16/what-are-the-benefits-of-diving/#sthash.WgboZJZz.dpuf
By Jessica Shilling
After spending a year as a PADI dive instructor in Playa del Carmen Jessica Shilling went on to get a degree in Graphic Design in Mexico City. She currently resides in Mexico, travels and dives when possible, and is author/illustrator of the children’s book series, “Fins and Tales”, an underwater themed series aimed at educating children about the importance and beauty of our oceans.- See more at: http://scubadiverlife.com/2013/05/27/ocean-acidification-destroying-aquatic-ecosystems/#sthash.yXbW0Ndb.dpuf