Celebrate Earth Day with us by honoring the reason why Earth is called the blue planet — the ocean! Covering 71 percent of our planet, the ocean feeds millions of people, produces the oxygen we breathe, regulates our climate, supports an incredible diversity of wildlife, and connects communities worldwide. 

A single acre of seagrass supports as many as 40,000 fish and 50 million small invertebrates including crabs, shellfish, snails, and more.

As the only community foundation for the ocean, The Ocean Foundation’s vision is for a regenerative ocean that supports all life on Earth. We are working to improve global ocean health, climate resilience, and the blue economy. Keep reading to sea the change we are making:

Blue Resilience – This initiative funnels support to the communities that face the greatest climate change risk. In these locations, we work to conserve and restore damaged blue carbon habitats like seagrasses, mangroves (coastal trees), salt marshes and coral reefs. Often called blue carbon ecosystems, they play an vital role in trapping carbon, protecting shorelines from erosion and storms and are a habitat for many important ocean species. Read about our recent work in Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cuba and the Dominican Republic to sea the strides these communities are making towards restoring these ecosystems.

Blue Resilience in 30 seconds

Ocean Science Equity – We are working with researchers to design affordable scientific equipment and get it into the hands of communities who need it to measure changing ocean conditions, including ocean acidification. From the United States to Fiji to French Polynesia, sea how we are raising awareness worldwide about the importance of focusing locally to better serve the global community.

Ocean Science Equity in 30 seconds

Plastics – We work to change the way plastics are manufactured and advocate for redesign principles in the policy process, like those being negotiated in the new Global Plastics Treaty. We engage both domestically and globally to transform the dialogue from focusing solely on the plastic problem to adopting a solution-oriented approach that re-evaluates plastic production methods. Sea how we are engaging with stakeholders around the world on this important issue.

Plastics in 30 seconds

Teach for the Ocean – We are developing ocean literacy for marine educators – both inside and outside of traditional classroom settings. We are bridging the knowledge-to-action gap by shifting the way we teach about the ocean into tools and techniques that encourage new actions for the ocean. Sea the progress our newest initiative is making in the ocean literacy space.

On Earth Day (and every day!), show your support for the ocean to help us reach our vision of a healthy ocean for everyone. You can help us continue to create partnerships that connect all peoples in the communities in which we work to the informational, technical, and financial resources they need to achieve their ocean stewardship goals.