WHAT: Earth’s oceans are crying out. They are rising. They are warming. They are acidifying. They are losing oxygen. They are overfished. They are choking on plastic pollution. They are in crisis. Though the challenges are significant, there is still much to be hopeful about – even with lawmakers in Washington.

WHO: In 2006, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse went to Washington and has served on the Senate’s Budget Committee, the Environment and Public Works Committee, the Judiciary Committee and the Finance Committee. He graduated from Yale University and the University of Virginia’s School of Law and served at Rhode Island’s Director of Business Regulation under Gov. Bruce Sundlun. He then was nominated to be the state’s U.S. Attorney in 1994. Four years later, he was elected the state’s Attorney General and served from 1998 to 2003. He and his wife, Sandra, a marine biologist and environmental advocate, live in Newport, R.I., with their two children.

WHEN: Thursday, November 7 at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m., and there will be a cash bar from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

WHERE: New England Aquarium Simons IMAX Theatre, Central Wharf, Boston

HOW: Pre-registration is encouraged on the Aquarium’s website, www.neaq.org/learn/lectures/upcoming-lectures/ or call 617-973-5200 for more information.

NOTE: The Aquarium Lecture Series is presented free to the public through the generosity of the Lowell Institute. Registration is requested. Most lectures are recorded and available for viewing on the New England Aquarium YouTube channel.

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