Ocean Pollution: Public Awareness & Action
Scientists estimate the equivalent of one garbage truck full of plastic pollution enters our oceans every minute or 8 million metric tons annually. It is further estimated that at this rate, by the year 2050 there will be more plastic in the oceans than fish (by weight.) The Sea of Change Foundation seeks, guides, and funds projects that directly address this critical issue by educating and empowering consumers, communities, and industries to make more sustainable choices. We are working towards meaningful change towards decreasing plastic pollution:
- Beginning in 2017, the Foundation began working with our partners at Aggressor Liveaboards™ to help develop their expanded sustainability efforts through their new Green the FleetTM environmental initiatives. To date, they have decreased or eliminated the use of most single-use plastics in their operations and continue to incorporate cutting-edge sustainability solutions across the fleet to reduce plastic waste and pollution.
- In 2018, the Foundation funded a student-led study at Savannah State University’s Department of Marine and Environmental Sciences to better understand the impacts of micro-plastics in sub-tropical estuaries.
- In 2018-19, with FORCE BLUE, the Foundation is developing unique communication platforms reaching new audiences to better inform consumer choices in helping to protect our coral reefs and oceans.