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Scenes from the First March for the Ocean

By Justin Willig

On June 9, 2018 I had the pleasure to join the first ever March for the Ocean (M4O) in Washington, D.C. on behalf of Oceanic Society.

People and organizations from around the globe—including many of our partners like Plastic Pollution Coalition, 5 Gyres, and Mission Blue—mobilized against problems that are threatening our oceans, coastlines, and wildlife including offshore oil drilling, climate change, ocean acidification, and marine debris.

I witnessed an inspiring wave of environmentalists, scientists, fishermen, businessmen, explorers, surfers, and citizen activists wearing blue and chanting solutions to save our oceans, including promoting clean energy jobs, reducing the usage of single-use plastics, and protecting and restoring our coastlines from rising sea levels and increased storm surge.

For those who couldn’t be there in person, here are some images from the first-ever March for the Ocean:


Justin Willig is the coordinator of our conservation travel programs. He has an extensive background in marine ecology and policy, and is passionate about protecting species and reefs around the world. Justin is an avid snorkeler and scuba diver, and holds a B.S. in Aquatic and Fishery Sciences from the University of Washington, and a M.A. in Marine Affairs from the University of Rhode Island.


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