We Are 

Interfaith Oceans
Protecting ocean systems and species,
people and cultures,
through faith and science
working together.
Why We are Needed

Interfaith Oceans is a multi-religious program to help preserve, conserve, and restore the gifts given to all in the oceans-- the systems, species, and coastal communities. The oceans cover more than 70% of Earth’s surface and contain more than 95% of the planet’s water. The oceans support all of life on land with oxygen, food, weather,  livelihoods, and beauty. They hold within them colorful, amazing communities of life.

Yet you can see the rising, warming sea levels, acidifying sea water, and rapidly declining marine life.  Island and coastal communities are suffering the loss of fisheries, homes, and fresh water, along with devastating storms. The oceans systems are being degraded from overfishing, plastic trash, carbon, and chemical pollution. Faith and science must work together to protect and restore ocean life for all. We offer information on the issues, varied religious perspectives (such as Catholic, Protestant, Jewish), and menus for action.

What We Do

Share Information 

The Religious Declaration of Ocean Emergency outlines the key issues harming ocean peoples, systems, and species. Most are related to pollution (fossil fuels and plastics), overuse, and abuse, The issue pages provide  more information and things you can do to help.  Join the movement to open the minds and hearts of policymakers to craft caring, sustainable ocean policies. The  Interfaith Ocean Ethic provides moral guidance based on shared religious and spiritual principles of responsibility, stewardship, and care of the poor.  Use the information  to talk heart-to-heart with your representatives.

Awaken Others

  We know that faith communities and its members need to fully understand the issues, interconnections, and choices in light of their own religion's beliefs, teachings, Scriptures, and prophets. We share  resources from varied religions that can help highlight the connections between the suffering of the coastal peoples and damage to ocean systems and species to faith principles. There are also resources on marine science, books, films, news on Facebook, blog news and profiles. You can strive to awaken the hearts and minds of others toward ocean issues. There are resources from different faith communities of the need to care for creation, the  poor, and the oceans.

Take

Action

 With knowledge of the religious, ethical, and ecological principles, we can all work to build positive, sustainable habits and public policies. Add the work of your hands by committing yourself with a pledge to take caring steps within your reach and encourage others to do the same. A menu of actions is provided that you and your faith community can choose from.  We encourage you to pray together, discuss issues, take actions, support marine protected areas, and get involved in restoration activities and the ocean campaigns of our partners.

What We are Accomplishing

Take Advantage of These Powerful Faith Teaching Resources for Earth Week

March 27, 2019

Start 2019 With Blessings and Actions--Things You Can Do for the OCEAN

January 6, 2019

Organize Your Coastal Cleanup for September 18, 2018 -- International Coastal Cleanup Day!

July 22, 2018

Honor World Oceans Day with Your Faith Community--June 8, 2018!

May 17, 2018

Governors and Interfaith Oceans Oppose Opening Up 47 Coastal Oil and Mining Leases

February 4, 2018

"Blessing of the Waters" Helps Support Marine Monument—Now in Danger!

February 3, 2018

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"So what we do to the oceans,

God’s vast blue Creation,

we do to God’s other creations,  

including ourselves. . . ."

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew

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We are a nonprofit 501c (3) program through the World Stewardship Institute and the National Religious Coalition on Creation Care (NRCCC).