Future 500 Joins Mission Blue to Preserve Ocean Ecosystems
SAN FRANCISCO – Future 500 is excited to announce a partnership with Mission Blue, an initiative of the Sylvia Earle Alliance, in the fight to preserve and enrich our oceans and coasts. Together, Future 500 and Mission Blue will seek to align diverse stakeholders to address urgent threats to global marine life.
Mission Blue is an ongoing effort to build a global coalition of partners dedicated to identifying, expanding and protecting marine “Hope Spots,” or areas of critical biodiversity. Through this alliance, partners like Future 500 will seek to build public awareness of, and support for, a global network of these protected marine areas.
“We are in full support of Mission Blue’s goal to safeguard 20% of the world’s oceans by the year 2020,” said Senior Manager of Stakeholder Engagement Shilpi Chhotray. “Only through joint action can we successfully protect ocean resources for commercial interests, marine life, and the communities that depend on them.”
Future 500 looks forward to working with Dr. Earle and her team on this critical mission to secure the health of Earth’s blue heart.
The MissionBlue Sylvia Earle Alliance’s purpose is to explore and care for the ocean. We are committed to inspiring a sea change in public awareness, access and support for marine protected areas worldwide, ranging from the deepest ocean to sunlit reefs, and from the seamounts of the high seas to coastal seagrass meadows.
We draw inspiration from the vision evoked by our founder, Dr. Sylvia Earle: to ignite public support for a global network of marine protected areas; Hope Spots large enough to save and restore the ocean, the blue heart of the planet.
Under Dr. Earle’s leadership, the SEA team has embarked on a series of expeditions to further this vision and shed light on these ocean Hope Spots. We also bring the discoveries and stories of a network of ocean experts to the public through documentaries, social and traditional media, and innovative tools like Google Earth’s “Explore the Ocean” layer.
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