Ocean Conservancy is a non-governmental organization that seeks solutions for a healthy ocean and the wildlife and communities that depend on it.

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, such as plastic pollution. Together, we create science-based solutions for a healthy ocean and the wildlife and communities that depend on it. 

Through their International Coastal Cleanup, more than 16 million volunteers have cleaned up and collected data on over 344 million pounds of trash around the world. Ocean trash affects the health of wildlife, people and local economies. Trash in the water and on the shore can be mistaken as food by wildlife, or entangle animals with lethal consequences. 


Ocean conservancy is working with you to protect the ocean from today’s greatest global challenges. 

Impact made by Ocean Conservancy in 2019

In 2019, 943,195 volunteers have been involved in cleaned up beaches, collecting 20,772,394 pounds of trash have been collected

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Protecting our ocean

Ocean Conservancy’s work, including the International Coastal Cleanup, impacts communities around the world by mobilizing volunteers to clean up their local beaches and waterways, protecting wildlife and livelihoods.  
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OCEAN and climate change 

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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.

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