Organized by Citizen's Climate Lobby-Boca, Coral Restoration Foundation, Hands Across The Sand, Healthy Aquatics Marine Institute,
National Organization for Women - NOW PBC, Palm Beach County Environmental Alliance, PBC Environmental Alliance, PBC Young Democrats, Salty Dog Paddle, Sea Turtle Adventures, Sierra Club FL, Student March to Stop Gun Violence, Surfrider Foundation - PBC Chapter, United+, West Palm Beach Democrats
June 9th is World Oceans Day, a global day of ocean celebration & collaboration for a better future. Join us to Wear Blue & March for the Ocean.
#MarchForTheOcean isn’t just about the survival of our blue planet, it’s also about the fact that it’s not too-late to turn the tide – to restore & protect what we love. It is WATER that connects every place to the Ocean, & all of us together. Our future depends upon it.
➢ BREAKFAST: Meet & Greet @ E.R. Bradley’s (8:30am – 9:30am).
➢ GATHERING: Directly across from the Clematis Waterfront Park (via City-Approved Permit), along the Flagler Dr. Sea-Wall, at the widest point of the “Landing Area” between the 2 x City Docks (9:30am).
➢ FLOTILLA: Kayak & Paddleboard dock launch “Flotilla” inspired by “Paddle for Seattle,” 2015’s Port of Seattle environmental kayactivism protest, to fight offshore drilling and pipeline expansion, while demonstrating concern about the impact of fossil-fuel consumption on climate change. Bring your own gear, or rent from a limited number of vessels on a first-come first-serve basis, via rental/donation from the West Palm Beach Waterfront Visitor Information Center and by Salty Dog Paddle. Experienced water-goers needed (9:30am – 11:00am).
➢ FEATURED KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: (9:45am – 10:45am).
• Penni Redford: Climate Change & Resilience Manager, Mayor Jeri Muoio’s Office of Sustainability.
• Paul Laura, MSc: South East Regional Director for the State Democratic Environmental Caucus of Florida, and the Chairman of the Treasure Coast Democratic Environmental Caucus, and Board Member for Marine Resource Council Melbourne Florida, and volunteer Scientist at Florida Oceanographic Society.
• Monica Mayotte: Boca Raton City Council and Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project Leadership Core.
• Dr. Charlie Gregory, Ph.D: Marine Biology, Healthy Aquatics Marine Institute. Coral Reef Health, STEM-based Aquaponics, and Conservation through education, research, and restoration.
• Rebecca Harvey: Sustainability Coordinator at City of Boynton Beach, Sea-Level Rise and Salt Water Intrusion Resistance, and South East Florida Regional Climate Compact partner.
• Rabbi Barry Silver: Sierra Club Florida’s most-awarded Environmental Legislator, Rabbi, and Activist.
• Diana Umpierre: Geologist and Organizing Representative at Sierra Club, and Vice-President at International Dark-Sky Association. Everglades Restoration and Federal Defense.
• James E. Carroll: Environmental Law Attorney and Activist, protecting Public-Private Land Use, Beaches, and Coastal Communities, specializing in combatting irresponsible developers and mitigating the effects of sea-level rise on our neighborhoods.
• Kimberly Mitchell: Former West Palm Beach City Commissioner and President of the Everglades Trust.
➢ MUSIC/PERFORMANCE: Artist Cecilia St. King (10:45am – 11:15am).
➢ MARCH (1.9 Miles): South along Flagler, then East across the Okeechobee Bridge to the Ocean, and South to the Beach entrance just North of Worth Ave, across from Chilean Ave (11:15am – 12:00pm).
➢ HANDS ACROSS THE SAND: Sanctioned Beach Clean-Up @ Palm Beach Municipal Beach (12:00pm – 12:45pm).
➢ FUN: Back to E.R. Bradley’s for Libations, Celebration, and much needed R&R After-Party ☺ (1:00pm – 2:30pm).
Don’t forget to wear comfortable walking shoes, blue clothing (Wear Blue for the Ocean), a shade cap or umbrella, ocean-safe sunblock, and carry a refillable canteen - this will be a plastic free march.