WHAT: A grassroots non-profit organization working to protect and preserve the world's oceans by focusing on water quality, coastal ecosystems, beach access, beach and surf spot preservation. WHERE: Mainly North America
, as well as parts of South America, Europe and Japan. HOW: Through a
powerful activist network
, people can connect and participate in coastal conservation efforts. The Surfrider Foundation has a strong social media
presence to engage activists and encourage them to take part in activities such as beach cleanups or to sign digital petitions.
WHAT: The largest international ocean conservation organization
that works to protect and restore the world’s oceans through targeted policy campaigns. WHERE: Based in Washington D.C with offices throughout the world. HOW: Oceana works to protect sea life affected by industrial fishing by using targeted policy campaigns focused on science combined with media, law and public pressure. The clearly defined
, in such fields as responsible fishing and preventing ocean pollution, are designed to produce identifiable policy changes within a 3–5 year.
WHAT: A free downloadable program that turns the Internet into a globally-connected 3D digital ocean in order to raise awareness about the world's oceans. A group of Hollywood design veterans including Avatar animator Andy Jones, as well as MIT Media Lab director Joi Ito are behind the project and Neil Young, Richard Branson and Jean-Michel Cousteau are all big supporters. WHERE: All over the Internet. HOW: As part of the “social digital ocean” users can explore different underwater scenes and search for
that they can then purchase for their virtual ocean environment. TheBlu then directs 25% percent of the purchase price of these virtual species directly to non-profit collaborators
to fund projects that support their work in the real ocean environment.
WHAT: A non-profit organization dedicated to understanding plastic marine pollution that works towards oceans free of plastic. WHERE: All over the world. HOW: Through exploration, scientific research, education, and action the 5 Gyres Institute engages communities in systemic change and encourages corporate partners, policymakers, and the general public to reduce plastic pollution.
WHAT: An initiative to encourage people to leave the world’s beaches and oceans cleaner than when they found them. WHO: A group of beach lovers, environmentalists and surfers
dedicated to keeping their favorite spots free of litter. WHERE: Based in Australia. HOW: The nonprofit's solution to transform littered beaches into pristine oases is to get beach goers to pick up three pieces of trash
every time they leave the beach.