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David Helvarg

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David Helvarg is an author and Executive Director of the Blue Frontier Campaign. His newest book is The Golden Shore – California’s Love Affair with the Sea.

It’s Time for a Sea Party!

Tired of the political gridlock in Washington and elections that don’t get us anything but unlimited corporate campaign spending and attack ads? Go take a dip in the ocean and get over yourself. We don’t have time for cynicism or despair. We’ve got a job to do if we’re going to save the crucible of…

Ocean Activists look “Over The Horizon” to 2016

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While there’s been some exciting ocean conservation news recently including a promised expansion of marine protected areas in the Pacific, reopening of the U.S. marine sanctuary nominations process to the public, passage of a law to fund research on how to end harmful algal blooms, a presidential commitment to address pirate fishing and mislabeling of…

“Academy Awards of the Sea” Returns for 7th Year

By David Helvarg What do a former Secretary of Defense, a Saudi Prince, a sailor who ran into a massive garbage patch and a 16-year-old who bakes cookie for sea turtles have in common?  They’re among the 7 winners of this year’s Peter Benchley Ocean Awards.   The world’s preeminent honors for ocean conservation, sometimes…

The Ocean Comes to Sacramento

Sometimes California gets it right. When it comes to protecting its coast and ocean, the state’s citizens guarantee that. March 24 will mark the 7th annual Ocean Day in Sacramento with dozens of marine conservation activists from Environment California, Heal the Bay, Surfrider, Coastkeeper Alliance and others descending on the Statehouse from up and down…

2014 Benchley Winners Rock the Ocean

The Peter Benchley Ocean Awards – named after the famed author and marine conservationist – are the preeminent global awards for ocean and coastal conservation. They reflect a broad range of solutions across many sectors of society. This year’s award winners, who will be honored in San Francisco on May 30, 2014 inspire us all.…

A Beautiful Beach

I wander alone along the grassy tree-lined bluff, long abandoned railroad track and quarter mile of bay facing crescent strand that make up the Point Molate Beach Park in my hometown of Richmond, California. Offshore pelicans, buzzards and a couple oystercatchers work the shifting tide line. Earlier a few harbor seals were checking out the…

Frank Ocean, Miley Cyrus, and Sex in the Sea

I was shocked to read that soulful gay hip hop artist Frank Ocean who got into that parking lot altercation with rapper Chris Brown just admitted to Oyster magazine he once sold cocaine and…Say what? OK, I confess I know more about this than I should and by the way, Oyster magazine is all about…

Blue Groups Refuse Oil Money

Across the nation thousands of college students have joined a campaign, inspired by author and climate activist Bill McKibben, to get their universities to divest from fossil fuel companies just as they once got them to purge their portfolios of companies doing business with apartheid-era South Africa. Yet even many of today’s climate activists are…

Getting Charged up About Blue Power

Earlier this summer while the U.S. was celebrating its independence from Britain the Prime Minister of Britain inaugurated the world’s largest offshore wind farm that can power half a million homes. The small nation of Denmark now gets a quarter of its power from mostly offshore wind and wants to double that by 2020.  When…

A Blue Vision and the Politics of the Ocean

“Our oceans face an unprecedented set of challenges from climate change, pollution, energy extraction, and more,” warned Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, the opening speaker at the 4th Blue Vision Summit in Washington D.C. held earlier this month. He went on to suggest we have the power to move from, “takers to caretakers of…

Surge of Ocean Activists Heads to DC

What do National Geographic Explorer Dr. Sylvia Earle, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Congressman and senate candidate Ed Markey, Ralph Nader, the marine artist Wyland, a syndicated cartoonist, a coast guard admiral, a coastal paddler, the head of America’s largest port and a young woman submarine pilot all have in common? They, along with hundreds of other…

How California Rocks the Ocean

While it has become popular to disparage California as, “the once great state,” and bemoan its high taxes, troubled schools, and slow economic recovery, I can’t imagine trading a day on the California coast watching whales or catching waves for a day anywhere else along America’s shoreline or interior. I just went scuba diving off…

Making Climate a Blue Issue

Thundersnow, super-storms, dust storms, arctic melting, and coral bleaching have existed in the past but not as a regular part of our language till fossil-fuel fired climate change kicked in.  You know you’re in the greenhouse century when the 13 hottest years on record have all occurred since 1998 and last year, 2012, was the…

Peter Benchley’s Blue Legacy Awards

What do a West African president, a pair of scientists studying life in the ocean, a 20-year-old veteran of the 4-H Clubs, a Massachusetts Congressman running for a Senate seat and two California women who spent over a decade working to create underwater parks have in common? They‘re among the winners of this year’s top ocean…

Two Good Ocean Days for California

  On Wednesday Dec. 19, a statewide network of California marine parks was completed after twelve years of effort. On Thursday the 20th, President Obama announced the largest expansion of California marine sanctuaries in 20 years. Both events reflect the state’s more than 100 years of leadership in protecting, restoring, and exploring its coastal and ocean…