National Aquarium: Amber Doherty and Maggie Ostdahl | Voices of a Healthy Ocean

August 21, 2022

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In episode 4, Jenna and Sarah didn't have to travel far to reach their next stop along their Voices of a Healthy Ocean tour. The two made their way across the City of Baltimore to meet Amber Doherty, Conservation Community Coordinator, and Maggie Ostdahl, Conservation Policy Manager for the National Aquarium. During their visit, the group explored a couple of the aquarium's locations around the city at the Exeter Community Garden and also their Animal Care and Rescue Center. Tune in the learn more about how the aquarium builds community to inspire conservation of the world's aquatic treasures.

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Jenna Valente & Sarah Winter Whelan

Sarah Winter Whelan and Jenna Valente run the Healthy Ocean Coalition as the Executive Director and Director of Advocacy. Together, they are driven by the reality that, for far too long, policymakers have approached the climate change and biodiversity loss crises as separate issues, leading to decisions being made in silos. As a result, far too many policies for ocean conservation and protection are not reflective of the interconnectedness of the ecosystem and its collective impact on all life on Earth. They believe collaboration is key to ensuring ocean conservation policies in the United States are informed by and reflective of the people, regions, and wildlife they should serve. They work to remove barriers that keep people from becoming ocean advocates by providing relevant and timely information, building capacity to speak out for the ocean, and highlighting opportunities to engage with policymakers. They lift the work and voices of our network members to those in power and make advocacy for change more effective and efficient.