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Dear Friend of the Ocean,

The BP oil spill disaster has become the biggest accidental release of oil into the ocean in history, in excess of 4.9 million barrels. With BP winding down its cleanup and well-capping efforts, many are asking, "Mission accomplished?" In fact, the mission has just begun.

As Ocean Conservancy experts who dealt with the Exxon Valdez disaster tell us, we won’t fully appreciate the consequences for years to come.

Uniquely positioned to lead relief, restoration, and reform, Ocean Conservancy is building on our 20-year track record of working shoulder-to-shoulder with fishermen and Gulf communities to preserve both the spectacular ecosystem and a treasured way of life.

And just as we’re committed to working against ocean pollution in the Gulf, the International Coastal Cleanup on September 25 is so important to me in our efforts for a healthy ocean.

Oil in the water is a disaster, and trash in the water is also a tragedy. But it's a tragedy you and I can prevent. In fact, trash is one of the most widespread pollution problems facing our ocean — it can injure and kill wildlife, undermine tourism and coastal economies, and even threaten our food supply.

From the Gulf and around the globe, from your backyard to the beach, won't you join us in making a difference this year? Search the map and sign up for a Cleanup on a stream, river, lake, or beach near you, or organize your own.

While we continue to analyze the effects of BP's oil disaster in the Gulf, what we do know is that keeping our ocean free of trash is one of the easiest ways we can help protect it. See you at the Cleanup!

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For a sea change,
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Vikki N. Spruill
President and CEO
Ocean Conservancy

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You Can Help Protect the Arctic: Act Now!

There is no place on earth as beautiful, forbidding, and fragile as the Arctic. And that’s why we must do all we can to save it from a drilling disaster. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is deciding whether to allow proposed oil and gas activities on the Outer Continental Shelf of the Beaufort and Chukchi seas, home to some of the world’s most wondrous wildlife. Join us in urging the Bureau to take a precautionary approach in the Arctic.


August 2010

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