Statement on the Release of the Ocean Justice Strategy
December 8, 2023
Urban Ocean Lab welcomes the release of the first-ever, whole-of-government Ocean Climate Action Plan
. In the U.S., 65 million people live in coastal cities. Storms, flooding, rising seas and erosion fueled by
climate change have already led to a considerable loss of life and billions of dollars of damage in coastal
cities—disproportionately impacting historically-disadvantaged communities.
While coastal cities have high exposure to climate risks, they also play an important role in developing equitable and just ocean-climate solutions that benefit lives and livelihoods, and coastal economies and ecosystems. The Ocean Climate Action Plan sets the stage for coastal cities to help catalyze transformative ocean-climate action. Urban Ocean Lab looks forward to working with coastal city leaders and the Ocean Policy Committee to support these solutions with ocean justice in mind.