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Review for The Center for Oceanic Awareness, Research, and Education, Inc., Oakland, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I was first introduced to COARE when I met founder Christopher Chin at a rally in San Francisco's Chinatown to raise awareness about the numerous problems with shark fin soup. That was about 2 years ago and I've been a regular volunteer since.
COARE has a way of interacting with the public and getting them interested in the problems currently facing our oceans. Everything from teaching children about sharks and the problems plastics are causing in our oceans, as we recently did during the Marine Science Institute's Earth Day celebration, to reaching out on an international level in getting a number of restaurants to stop serving shark fin soup with its SharkSafe certification program. This organization also lobbies frequently to get more laws in place that will protect the overall health of our oceans as Christopher recently did when he testified in front of the California state legislature on behalf of the plastic bag ban, as well as on behalf of the shark fin ban.
Overall I've been really impressed with the dedication and presence of this organization and all the people involved with it.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

This is a very interactive and hands-on organization and I've personally seen a lot of people change there minds in how they think about or oceans and their inhabitants. I've also seen a number of people go from just asking about what we do, to being ready to volunteer and take action after having just one conversation.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I can't think of any changes at this time, just more of what they already do.

Role:  Volunteer & I helped run the tables at events in order to engage the public and let them know how they can help our oceans.