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Ocean Conservancy’s long-term goal is a healthy ocean free of trash and plastic pollution.
Ocean conservancy is working with you to protect the ocean from today’s greatest global challenges.
In 2019, 943,195 volunteers have been involved in cleaned up beaches, collecting 20,772,394 pounds of trash have been collected.
CONFRONTING CLIMATE CHANGE
Ocean Conservancy envisions a healthy future for our ocean and the communities that rely on it, free from greenhouse gas pollution and resilient to the climate impacts we can no longer avoid. To help achieve this vision, Ocean Conservancy creates sustainable ocean-based climate solutions, it works with all levels of government to implement these solutions and helps building demand for climate action. they are bringing the power of the ocean to the global fight against climate change.
The ocean has protected us from the worst effects of climate change. From the beginning of industrialization until today, the ocean has absorbed more than 90 percent of the heat from human-caused global warming and about one-third of our carbon emissions. But we are now seeing the devastating effects of that heat and carbon dioxide.
The ocean is too big to ignore. A range of climate impacts—including ocean acidification, sea-level rise, and stronger and more frequent hurricanes—are damaging our coastal industries and communities. Moreover, these ocean-climate impacts disproportionately harm communities of color, Indigenous communities, poor communities and others that are historically underserved and underrepresented.
In order to protect our communities, ocean and planet, we must work to limit global warming within 1.5 degrees Celsius over pre-Industrial temperatures. This means reducing greenhouse gas pollution—including carbon dioxide emissions, which cause not only warming but also ocean acidification—to net-zero no later than 2050. And, as our society shifts away from fossil fuels and toward clean energy, we must ensure a just transition for impacted communities, workers and cultures.
With diminishing time to address the climate crisis, we need to reduce greenhouse gas pollution across every sector, from electricity and transportation to buildings and agriculture. In this context, it is important to remember that the ocean is not just a victim of climate change but also a key part of the solution. From reducing emissions from shipping and ports to scaling up well-sited offshore renewable energy, we can look to ocean industries to contribute a range of sustainable climate measures.