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Winning Issue » BLUE CARBON


Carbon sinks are natural systems such as forests and oceans which absorb and store carbon dioxide. Plants consume atmospheric CO2 for photosynthesis, and some of this carbon is transferred to the soil as it dies and decomposes. Blue carbon is the carbon stored and sequestered in coastal ecosystems such as mangrove forests, tidal marshes, seagrasses, kelp forests and other tidal or salt-water wetlands. These plants sequester CO2 from the atmosphere, accumulate carbon in biomass for years or decades, and then transfer carbon to sediments where it can be stored for several thousand years. In a short time, new layers of soil accumulate, allowing for further plant growth and carbon sequestration. It is believed blue carbon ecosystems can sequester carbon at concentrations up to five times greater than that of forests. Advocates say 83% of the world’s carbon circulates through the ocean, and half of it is sequestered by these coastal habitats which make up only 2% of the world’s total ocean area.

Pending Legislation: H.R.2750 - Blue Carbon for Our Planet Act
Sponsor: Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (OR)
Status: House Subcommittee on Environment (Science, Space, and Technology)
Chair: Rep. Paul Tonko (CA)



Options


  • I oppose reforming current blue carbon policy and wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Speaker Nancy Pelosi (CA).
  • I support establishing an Interagency Working Group on Coastal Blue Carbon to:

    1.) Strengthen federal research on blue carbon.

    2.) Create a national map and inventory of coastal blue carbon ecosystems and their sequestration potential.

    3.) Improve protections for existing coastal blue carbon ecosystems, with a national goal of conserving at least 30% of the ocean and coastal blue carbon ecosystems by 2030.

    4.) Restore and expand degraded coastal blue carbon ecosystems.

    5.) Assess the long-term effects of containment of carbon dioxide in a deep seafloor environment - on marine ecosystems.

    6.) Provide for the long-term stewardship and standardization of coastal blue carbon data.

    And wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Rep. Paul Tonko (CA) and/or to an advocate group currently working with this issue.


Winning Option
  • I support establishing an Interagency Working Group on Coastal Blue Carbon to:

    1.) Strengthen federal research on blue carbon.

    2.) Create a national map and inventory of coastal blue carbon ecosystems and their sequestration potential.

    3.) Improve protections for existing coastal blue carbon ecosystems, with a national goal of conserving at least 30% of the ocean and coastal blue carbon ecosystems by 2030.

    4.) Restore and expand degraded coastal blue carbon ecosystems.

    5.) Assess the long-term effects of containment of carbon dioxide in a deep seafloor environment - on marine ecosystems.

    6.) Provide for the long-term stewardship and standardization of coastal blue carbon data.

    And wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Rep. Paul Tonko (CA) and/or to an advocate group currently working with this issue.
There has been $0.00 pledged in support of this issue
Trustee Candidates

If elected as a trustee, the campaign committee of Rep. Paul Tonko (CA) will be unconditionally awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting him to favorably consider passing H.R.2750 - Blue Carbon for Our Planet Act.

If elected as a trustee, National Marine Sanctuary Foundation will be awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting these funds be used to work and advocate for blue carbon sinks.

About: The Foundation is a leading voice for U.S. protected waters, working with communities to conserve and expand those special places for a healthy ocean, coasts, and Great Lakes. Working together, we safeguard species and the places they call home and preserve America’s maritime resources. We are the official nonprofit partner to the National Marine Sanctuary System, and we directly support programs and projects at individual sanctuaries, across the System, and in the watersheds that connect to them. Our programs center around science and conservation, connecting people and communities to sanctuaries, and creating the next generation of ocean stewards through in- and out-of-school education.
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Trustee Election - Opening Date
October 11, 2021
Trustee Election - Closing Date
October 18, 2021