March for the Ocean

The Ocean is Rising and So Are We!

On Saturday, June 9, 2018, join the March for the Ocean in Washington D.C. or join one of many simultaneous marches, flotillas, and water celebrations across the country!

June 9th, the day after World Oceans Day, we will school together by the tens of thousands to protect our Global Ocean and connecting waters, engage our neighbors and fellow citizens, and expand the diverse and youthful upsurge of activism that can restore the waters that give us life. 

Every community has the power to protect their local waterways, lakes and rivers that lead to the Ocean. On June 9, we’ll march and wear Blue for the Ocean to put an end to the petrochemical, plastic and other polluted runoff that is poisoning our drinking water and putting our health and coastal economies at risk; we’ll march for clean energy - for economic, efficient and safe alternatives to offshore oil drilling and spilling; we’ll march for neighborhoods and communities endangered by rising seas, intensified hurricanes, historic flooding and other calamities exacerbated by carbon and other greenhouse gas pollution. We’ll march for our and future generations. Together, we can build a healthy Blue Planet based on equity and on justice for all.

Contribute to building this next blue wave of resistance while celebrating all that our waters – salty, brackish and fresh- provide us. Join the hundreds of organizations, and notable advocates who will March for The Ocean June 9!

Learn more about the March for the Ocean! (M4O) Find out how to contribute to the developing events and festivities.  Add your name and organization to the sponsorship list and begin planning and supporting your local action or join us in Washington D.C.


The March will begin at 10am at a meeting point by the Washington Monument. Participants will then march east towards the Capitol where a rally will take place at Union Square Park. Participants are encouraged to make signs, dress up, etc. and will be greeted by a 92 foot inflatable whale, speakers, music, and activities once they reach the Capitol grounds.



Other Activities

June 08.

Wear blue for the ocean! Show your solidarity during World Ocean's Day by wearing blue!

June 08.

Join fellow participants the night before at a sign making event. Details to follow.

June 09.

Not in D.C.? Reach out to us to see how you can participate in a local March in your city!

June 09.

For those of you in D.C., march back down the route to clean up. We hope everyone will reduce, reuse, and recycle but sometimes trash makes its way to the ground. Help us combat that so nothing ends up in the Potomac or the ocean!


“The ocean stirs the heart, inspires the imagination

and brings eternal joy to the soul.”

Wyland |  Artist & Marine Conservationist


Organizations Involved

5 Gyres · Bill McKibben - · Blue Frontier Campaign ·  Blue Ocean Network · Center for the Blue Economy ·  Clean Ocean Action ·  Coral Restoration Foundation ·  Green Fire Productions · Ocean Frontiers · Greenpeace · Healthy Oceans Coalition ·  Heirs to Our Oceans · Herbert W. Hoover Foundation · Inland Ocean Coalition · Jean Michel-Cousteau  -Ocean Future Society · Jim Toomey - Creator of Sherman's Lagoon ·  Littoral Society · Mission Blue · Ocean Conservation Research · Ocean Voyages Institute - Project Kaisei · One More Generation · One World One Ocean · Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen's Associations · PADI · Plastic Pollution Coalition · Project Aware · Restore America's Estuaries · Surfrider Foundation · Sustainable Oceans Alliance · Sylvia Earle - Sylvia Earle Alliance · The Bay Institute - Aquarium of the Bay · Wingspan Media · Wyland Foundation · And many more! You can see our full list here!

Would you like your organization to be involved?  Email us here


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