Member Profile

Inland Ocean Coalition

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In 2011, Vicki Nichols Goldstein founded the Colorado Ocean Coalition (COCO), an organization focused on inspiring inland communities to be stewards of our waters and ocean. Starting in 2015, other inland communities began forming Inland Ocean Chapters. In 2017, COCO responded to the growing network of Chapters and formed the Inland Ocean Coalition based on the premise that you don't have to see the ocean to protect it.

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50% by 2050

Why 2020?

We can stop the sixth mass extinction if we protect approximately 50% of the 846 ecoregions that provide habitat for all of Earth's biodiversity. That means finding leaders and organizations around the world willing to align exisiting efforts around protecting and interconnecting nature in the region.

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Core Values
  1. Ignite community engagement around ocean and water issues
  2. Facilitate learning networks through our collaborative partnerships
  3. Support and enhance key legislative efforts at local, state, and national levels
  4. Create cultural shifts that encourage environmentally friendly attitudes and actions
  5. Empower youth through education and outreach
  6. Strengthen local capacity to implement sound watershed approaches

The Inland Ocean Coalition’s unifying charge is to develop a two-way relationship with the ocean and water. Those who live among mountains, rivers, and inland cities have a direct impact on the cycles of life in the ocean. As the nation's first Inland Ocean Movement, our goal is to be a wellspring for literacy and community engagement across North America.


To create an inland movement that builds land-to-sea stewardship.


For individuals and communities to take an active role in improving the impacts and relationships between the inland, the coasts, and the ocean.

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Become an 'Ocean Ranger' or volunteer with the Inland Ocean Coalition.