“We make policy change in countries that control really important parts of the ocean,” said Alex Armstrong, Oceana’s Senior Communications Manager.“We want to enact change on a national level to help the ocean recover.” Set up by local communities in association with Oceana, activists also regularly join forces to rid beaches of trash.
In 2001, The Pew Charitable Trusts, Oak Foundation, Marisla Foundation, and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund locked arms to build the organization and centered its goal on protecting and restoring the oceans on an international scale.
Oceana’s mission is all about producing results through pragmatic campaigns, and encouraging environmentally friendly legislation is a big part of this.
With an impressive team of scientists, economists, litigators, and advocates, Oceana wades in at ground zero to bring its message of conservation directly to the legislature to enact policy change that will benefit the ocean.
The nonprofit also supports a number of community events that further its mission to spread the word that the oceans are in trouble and how it’s our duty to fix the problem.
Today, researchers have found that nearly two-thirds of the ocean is experiencing increased stress due to temperature anomalies and acidification with man-made origins.
These massive ecological changes carry huge negative repercussions for marine life and are even threatening human food security.At just one of these cleanups, a Jacksonville, Florida, group collected 700 pounds of trash and 23,000 cigarette butts.Events, like Hands Across the Sand and beach cleanups, are perfect platforms for like-minded coastal activists to connect with one another and participate in helping save what they care about most.“Our Sea Change Summer Party is one of our biggest events every year,” Alex said.“We celebrated its 10th anniversary this year with special guest Lily Tomlin and Sam Waterston, and it’s raised more than million for ocean conservation to date.” All told, Oceana’s work has protected more than 3.5 million square miles of ocean and all the sea life in it.Alex told us the nonprofit is also looking forward to the passage of new legislation that furthers its mission.