Judith Bernstein, a volunteer at last year’s CCB Conference, has been chosen by the National Sierra Club to attend the 2011 Blue Vision Summit in Washington D.C. later this month. The summit is a leading forum and gathering of who’s-who in marine and ocean conservation.
Blue Vision Summit increases outreach to marine conservation groups, coastal tribes, public health advocates, marine science centers, elected officials, and other potential constituents and allies.
The Summit’s sponsor, the Blue Frontier Campaign, works with a broad network of marine grassroots organizations and individuals. Calling them “Seaweed Rebels,” there are now around 2,000 blue groups working on ocean and coastal conservation. Largely operating in isolation, the Campaign coordinates them by networking and promoting the common works needed among the groups.
This year’s four-day Summit has a full agenda. The program ranges from working toward the enactment and enforcement of national ocean policy to sessions on addressing climate change and Gulf restoration.
Judith is active in local efforts to expand the Monterey Marine Sanctuary. CCB looks forward to her suggestions on marine conservation programming for this year’s conference and her input on the Dreaming the Salinas Campaign and workshops.