Holiday Wishes

Tuesday, 02 December 2014

Contents:
- GivingTuesday
- BLUE
- NYC bags
- DEMA

Hello fellow ocean lovers!

Welcome to the Holiday Season edition of the COARE newsletter, and Happy #GivingTuesday!

2014 has been another great year for COARE! Looking back, we have great cause to celebrate as we've had a great many victories, large and small.

None of this would have been possible without you, our supporters. You've spent time spent writing letters and e-mails to public officials, devoted hours staffing tables at local events, conferences, and trade shows, and you've contributed of goods, services, and funds - all of which has helped make COARE a visible, effective presence and leader in ocean conservation.

COARE remains a volunteer-led and volunteer-run organization, and since its inception, not a single penny of your donations has been spent on staff or administration. We run leanly, and with our many accomplishments, you can see that your contributions go a long way with us.

Next year we're looking forward to enhancing our educational offerings, using multimedia and networking technology to bring our messages to more and wider audiences - young and old.

We're also eager to continue to bring our passion and expertise in conservation policy into next year's legislative sessions. We made some great gains this year, and are confident that we can continue to be a significant influence and a channel through which to amplify your voice.

Two years ago, we entered into a new partnership with JustGive, a nonprofit organization that helps make charitable giving even easier. Through JustGive, you can now see specific examples of how effective your gifts to COARE can be, and you can easily choose your level of involvement.

Check out our giving page here:
      https://npo.justgive.org/nonprofits/donate.jsp?ein=20-8495026

Remember, all contributions to COARE are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law, and any donation you make by December 31st will count towards your 2014 tax year deductions.

BLUE Ocean Film Festival

Another great highlight this month was the BLUE Ocean Film Festival and Conservation Summit in St. Petersburg, Florida.

As we mentioned in last month's newsletter, BLUE is more than just a film festival - it is also a conservation and industry summit, and a gathering of leading conservationists, filmmakers, photographers, oceanographers, and researchers. With luminaries like Sylvia Earle, Capt. Don Walsh, Celine Cousteau, Carl Safina, and President Mohamed Nasheed, it was an event not to be missed.

Our Executive Director led and moderated a featured panel about shark conservation. It was a well attended and lively discussion, and we hope that it inspired people to be involved and to take action.

It was great to see old friends and make new ones. We've made some wonderful new connections, and look forward to the possibilities that may come from these new alliances.

BLUE was an amazing event, and we are already looking forward to the next one.

NYC Bags

On 19 November, the New York City Council standing committee on Sanitation and Solid Waste Management held a hearing on Introduction 209, which proposes to reduce single-use bag litter in NYC.

The day started with a press rally on the steps of City Hall. Nearly a hundred people were gathered to show their support to the bill's authors and press.

The council chambers were packed to capacity for the hearing, which featured testimony by NYC's Sanitation Comissioner, representatives from Washington, D.C.'s Department of Environment, and COARE's own Executive Director.

Two of our interns, Quentin Herbet and Tyler Crozier, also attended the rally and hearing, and helped close the day by offering some of the final testimony at the largely positive hearing.

While it seemed like the vast majority of comments were in favor of the proposal, our work is not yet done. We see evidence that the industry has been funding community opposition groups, and they have also making a concerted effort to feed their mistruths to some of the council members.

If you live in New York, or if you know people who do, please visit this link to help us see this through and say Enough With the Plastic Already!
      http://coare.org/act/nycbags

COARE participates at DEMA show

We'd like to extend a warm welcome to our newest subscribers, many of whom we met at the DEMA show in Las Vegas last month. As we reported in our last newsletter, this was COARE's seventh DEMA show, and it was a wonderful success.

As usual, in addition to seeing familiar colleagues and friends, we deepened some of our already established industry connections and met some fantastic people. We are definitely looking forward to the great collaboration that will develop as a result of our connections there.

We were especially encouraged to see the wide acceptance of the "Blue the Dive" campaign, which takes inspiration from COARE's own Green Divers for Blue Oceans project. In fact, our Executive Director is featured in the Blue the Dive promotional video. Blue the Dive is a coalition which seeks to increase and improve conservation efforts in all aspects of the diving industry.

Next year's DEMA show will be in Orlando, Florida and we'll look forward to seeing some of you there!

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Wishing you healthy oceans,
Your friends at COARE

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