August is the perfect month to leave Washington, DC. The hot, humid days are unbearable. What better time for Congress to take their summer recess? While the term “recess” may make us think “vacation”, the congressional recess is the time for our elected officials to work in district, meeting with their constituents and keeping in touch with the very people they represent when back in Washington, DC.
As a member of our Ocean Champions community, we encourage you to take this opportunity to meet with your senator or representative while they are home. This is an excellent time to share your concerns about ocean issues, thank them for supporting healthy ocean legislation, and let them know you are part of the Ocean Champions community. For more details on key ocean issues, such as illegal fishing, harmful algal blooms, ocean pollution and acidification, or the Magnuson-Stevens Act, click here.
There are many ways to reach out to your congressperson. You can schedule an in-person meeting, attend an event in your community, or attend a fundraiser. Supporting our congressional ocean champions is key to keeping them in office and ocean issues on their radar. And by hearing directly from their constituents how important ocean issues are in the districts, it will make it easier for them to champion legislation when back in Washington, DC.
To find the local offices of your congressperson, click here and enter your zip code.
We all play a role in creating ocean policy. Your elected officials need and want to hear from you. So reach out to your ocean champion and share your passion for healthy and sustainable oceans today. Hey, you may even run into them walking their dog on the beach before heading to the office.
For the oceans,
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David Wilmot, Ph.D.
President and Co-Founder
P.S. Your support enables us to continue to work with congressional ocean champions and fight for healthy ocean policy. Donate to Ocean Champions today!