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Guest Blog by Tami Lunsford: Attending the Blue Vision Summit

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Updated: Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Tami Lunsford at Blue SummitI was proud to represent National Marine Educators Association at the Blue Vision Summit in Washington D.C. on May 9-11. Thank you to all of the members who helped support the trip financially. It was a new foray for NMEA and we appreciate knowing that it was valued and considered a positive move by our members.

Blue Vision was an incredible event organized by Blue Frontier filled with informative sessions on the issues most pressing for our world ocean today, ideas on how to help improve those issues, and action on Capitol Hill. As I am from the small state of Delaware, I was able to join the delegation that met with individuals from all three of our legislators (two senators and one representative). It was empowering and inspirational to see the motivation of the individuals who traveled from across the US to participate in the event.

The highlight of the event for many of us was to see the youth engagement. Led primarily by our indomitable Sean Russell, the young people continue to show us all how they can use their energy, enthusiasm, insight, and passion to make a positive difference in the world.... many of them before they even graduate high school! Our work in convincing our national leaders about the value and importance of the ocean is clearly not over, but this was a strong positive step and I am honored to have been part of it through NMEA.

- Tami Lunsford, 2016-17 NMEA President

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