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Two local ocean-focused environmental organizations are teaming up to host a conference and in-person festival focused on climate change action. 

The Charleston hub of the Sustainable Ocean Alliance, an organization that promotes ocean conservation and the sustainable use of marine resources, partnered with the Lowcountry Marine Mammal Network, a nonprofit organization focused on protecting the dolphins, whales and seals that call South Carolina home. 

This partnership created the Hope Summit. Organizers bill the event as a celebration of community action, stewardship and solutions focusing on the fight against climate change and biodiversity loss. The Hope Summit will have both a virtual conference that can be accessed online by registering for the event, as well as an in-person conservation festival hosted at Brewlab Charleston

“This event is important because as we continue to grow as a community in Charleston, there are newcomers and locals who need to know the people who run the organizations that contribute to preservation and upkeep of our city,” said Tarah Gee, general manager of Brewlab. “This event is for everyone to come and meet and learn about these organizations that are available to them.” 

The virtual conference will feature both experts and local stakeholders from the Southeast who will share their perspectives on climate change, conservation and the restoration of biodiversity. 

The festival will take place at the Brewlab Charleston on September 24 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. At this family-friendly event, attendees can learn about the different local environmental organizations making an impact and how to get involved, be that by volunteering or through collaboration. 

“The Hope Summit is for all of these organizations to gather in one place and be a resource to the community,” Gee said. “We look forward to hosting and hopefully gaining local volunteers who want to keep Charleston clean and beautiful.” 

These organizations participating in the summit include: Lowcountry Marine Mammal Network, Sustainable Ocean Alliance, Charleston Moves, Birds of Prey, Oceana, Keep Charleston Beautiful, Turtle Survival Alliance, Charleston Waterkeeper, South Carolina Aquarium Conservation Team, Charleston Climate Coalition, Lowcountry Lowline, Sustainability Institute and Citadel Sustainability.

As part of the Hope Summit, Brewlab will be broadcasting the virtual presentations during this event. 
Brewlab is located at 2200 Heriot St. downtown. For more information, visit the Facebook event page or at the Lowcounty Marine Mammal Network website.

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