April 4, 2016

The fundamental solution to combating ocean acidification and warming is to make a fundamental transition to a carbon-free future. Though it doesn’t have the support of the United States Congress, the most generally recognized solution is to put a price on carbon. At the Paris climate talks last December, countries around the world affirmed carbon pricing as essential. The chart below shows the countries that already embraced pricing. Unfortunately the U.S. is not one of them, and that’s because the U.S. Congress is in denial.

Mission Blue is proud to be partnering with Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL), the only NGO whose sole grassroots advocacy focus is educating Congress about the imperative for responsible Congressional action on climate. Recently, CCL volunteers in 13 districts succeeded in breaking the dam of denial by catalyzing 13 House Republicans to sign the Gibson Resolution, calling on the House to study the causes, effects and solutions to climate change.

There are many ways to put a price on carbon. CCL’s solution—called Fee & Dividend— is hailed by scientists and economists as the simplest and most effective.

By working with Mission Blue, CCL hopes to let ocean advocates know there is indeed a simple solution they can support. It’s a solution that can quickly cut U.S. emissions and reduce future acidification and warming while promoting renewables and benefitting the economy (see this study.)

Mission Blue supports CCL because of their commonsense approach to the pressing problem of climate change, which is having drastic effects on the health of the ocean. Now is the time for action. CCL has chapters in over a dozen countries. In the U.S. CCL teams cover every Congressional district in the country. Interested in finding a chapter near you? CCL’s chapter locater is here. You can join CCL here; it’s free.

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