An Ocean of Hope

hope is the thing

The intention of this site is to honor and acknowledge all that is right with the oceans and the hard work that individuals, organizations, companies and governments are doing to protect the future of our seas.  We can no longer ignore the daunting tasks that face us after years of neglect and/or ignorant abuse of our ‘blue’ planet.  It is my hope, that by celebrating the bright minds, projects, and initiatives working to save the future of the ocean, we can together continue to find solutions, and that with positivity, we will embrace all that she provides for us with love and celebration.

Blue Forests

Blue Forests Coastal and marine ecosystems, including mangrove forests, seagrass meadows and saltwater marshes, support livelihoods and wellbeing of across the globe. These ‘blue forests’ are vital for coastal and island communities through the many services they provide, such as shoreline protection, providing essential habitat for fisheries and supporting marine biodiversity. They are also significant… Continue reading Blue Forests

Community Building

It is through expanded ocean communities – sharing experiences, explorations, data collection – stories and photographs – that we become more aware of the beauty and bounty of the sea.  Below are a some organizations or companies involved in expanding connections in and around the ocean.

NGOs

Non-governmental organizations, or NGOs, are international organizations independent of specific governments (though often funded by governments).  An NGO is: Task-oriented and driven by people with a common interest, NGOs perform a variety of service and humanitarian functions, bring citizen concerns to Governments, advocate and monitor policies and encourage political participation through provision of information. The NGOs in the following… Continue reading NGOs

Sanctuaries

Marine sanctuaries are a valuable tool to help reduce stress in specific geographic areas by controlling pollution, promoting research, and educating and engaging the public. The list below highlights a few of marine sanctuary successes.  We can only hope to continue to build on this proven process for regenerating life in our seas.

Technology / Security

How Technology Can Save the Oceans… Snapchat, instagram, remote-controlled drones. Technology is speeding along faster than we can install the latest iPhone update. And with so much time, energy, and money pouring into tech, we’re excited to see new innovations that can help our oceans as well. Historically, technology applied to oceans has driven decline.… Continue reading Technology / Security

Legislation

This section is focused on laws that protect our oceans, both current and past, and will slowly be expanded to include the bulk of those in force today.  Laws such as: The Law of the Sea, The Shore Protection Act, The Ocean Dumping Act of 1972, and the Marine Protection Acts.

Philanthropic Organizations

Philanthropic organizations are nonprofit nongovernmental entities that utilize donated assets and income to provide social useful services. Community foundations, endowments and charitable trusts are types of philanthropic organizations. When properly organized and operated for specific purposes, donations to philanthropic organizations are tax deductible and the nonprofit organization is exempt from paying federal income tax. Below… Continue reading Philanthropic Organizations

Research / Science

Research comprises “creative and systematic work undertaken to increase the stock of knowledge, including knowledge of humans, culture and society, and the use of this stock of knowledge to devise new applications.”[1] It is used to establish or confirm facts, reaffirm the results of previous work, solve new or existing problems, support theorems, or develop new theories. A research project… Continue reading Research / Science