Global, U.S. leaders launch International Alliance to Combat Ocean Acidification, 13 December 2016, San Diego, California

To attend this press conference remotely, tune in to the event via Periscope livestream by following @PCCleads on Twitter!

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Today leaders representing U.S. cities, states, businesses and national governments from around the globe, joined together to sign onto the newly formed International Alliance to Combat Ocean Acidification. Members who commit to joining the OA Alliance will work collaboratively and individually to take actions that combat ocean acidification and changing ocean conditions, moving climate policy forward regardless of the national political winds.

Scientists have found that ocean acidification resulting from greenhouse gas emissions has increased by 30 percent and is expected to double over pre-industrial levels by the end of the 21stcentury. The oceans are the primary protein source for 2.6 billion people, and support $2.5 trillion of economic activity each year. However, drastic changes are occurring in our oceans – from oyster hatchery die-offs to coral reef bleaching – that are being felt by coastal communities around the world.

A formal launch event of the OA Alliance is taking place at Hotel del Coronado in San Diego on Tues. Dec. 13 at 10 a.m.

WHEN: Tuesday Dec. 13, 9:30-11 a.m. PST

Announcement of OA Alliance and remarks, press Q&A to follow: 9:30 a.m.
Briefing from selected panel: 10:15 a.m. (media encouraged to attend)


Remarks from:

California governor Jerry Brown
California secretary for Natural Resources, John Laird
Patricio Utreras, deputy chief of mission at Embassy of Chile
Emmanuel Lebrun-Damiens, consul general of France
Washington governor Jay Inslee (remotely)
Oregon governor Kate Brown (remotely)
Briefing panelists:

Francis Chan, Oregon State University
Bill Dewey, Taylor Shellfish
Mick Devin, Maine State House of Representatives
Sarah Cooley, Ocean Conservancy

Visit for up-to-date press announcements on Dec. 13, or contact Sian Wu, sian(at) for more information.

Further information.

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