Courtesy of Colorado Ocean Coalition.

Vicki Nichols Goldstein may not live near the ocean, but she clearly understands how communities located far from the world’s oceans can either have a positive or negative impact on the oceans.

Goldstein is the founder of the Colorado Ocean Coalition (COCO) and executed upon her vision to inspire inland communities to be stewards of our ocean.

COCO’s mission is to inspire and lead people to understand their connections to the ocean, unite through shared conservation values, and advocate and celebrate actions that promote a healthy ocean. Since 2011, COCO has grown to inspire new chapters across North America as there has never been a unified voice for ocean protection in the heartland of America. The Coalition believes that people do not have to be near the ocean to care about it.

COCO is National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s official and only inland ocean partner. “The complex global economy and the interconnectedness of ecological systems mean that the actions people take in the mountains impact the health of the sea. These actions include eating seafood, using plastics, driving cars and sharing environmental ethics with family and friends. On an ocean planet, the choices we make in the middle of the country also have direct ties to the seas.”

COCO will benefit from the 50-mile (80.4 km) 3-day charity swim to be attempted by Matthew Moseley and Randy Soler called the Swim Across The Caribbean in July 2017.

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