Aquatic animals use grunts, croaks, clicks and snaps to communicate. At Shedd, we raise our voices, mobilize our communities and encourage policy makers to protect our precious aquatic wildlife and their habitats.
Amplifying awareness and igniting action
At Shedd, we believe that wildlife and wild places are worth protecting and saving. We work each day to create effective, lasting change for aquatic wildlife and their habitats that reaches far beyond our aquarium walls.
Our team harnesses the collective power of voices to inspire communities and individuals to act with us while encouraging decision makers to advance innovative policies that ensure healthy and vibrant oceans and local waters for the future.
How you can help
Our advocacy work is science-driven, solution-focused and relationship-rooted. Raise your voice by signing one of our active petitions and send a clear signal to policymakers that you will #ActWithShedd to protect aquatic wildlife and their habitats.
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Prevent plastic pollution
We support policies that reduce plastic pollution in our local waters. We advance public policies that reduce the use and purchase of single-use plastic at the government, business and consumer levels; promote innovative and sustainable solutions to plastic packaging and single-use items; and promote zero-waste strategies for both governments and communities.
Our team of policy experts works closely with scientists and policymakers across the country to protect our oceans and waterways from threats such as pollution, overfishing and invasive species. We are working to protect and restore the health of marine protected areas, monuments, sanctuaries and our coral reefs. In the Great Lakes, we are working to protect and restore the health of wetlands, reducing nutrient pollution and advancing sustainable solutions including green infrastructure and smart energy solutions.
Support sustainable fisheries
Through our field research program and international collaborations, we advance strong science-based fisheries management and sustainability recommendations, including policies to establish ecosystem-based management approaches that will help depleted fish populations recover and end illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.
Aquarium Conservation Partnership
Join aquariums across the country in reducing plastic waste. Disposable plastic is only in your hands for a moment, but it piles up forever in our ...
Shedd Aquarium Action Days
Make a difference for the local aquatic world! Volunteer and take action for animals on a Shedd Aquarium Action Day to restore and protect nearby b...
Reduce Plastic Pollution
Scientists predict that marine plastic trash could outweigh all the fishes in the ocean by 2050 if we don't act now. Together, we can stop the flow...