The largest living space on Earth is under threat. Humankind has been discharging pollutants in the water, carelessly destroying coastal ecosystems, and overfishing and overexploiting fish stocks. Ocean warming and ocean acidification are relatively new global-scale threats to marine habits and species. Altering the chemistry of the oceans threatens seafood supplies and poses profound risks to our own health, way of life, and security.
“Even if you never have the chance to see or touch the ocean, the ocean touches you with every breath you take, every drop of water you drink, every bite you consume. Everyone, everywhere is inextricably connected to and utterly dependent upon the existence of the sea.”
– Sylvia Earle
The planet is heating and the polar ice is melting. Currents circulating through the oceans are created out of differences in water density. Warm water has a lower density and rises to the surface, cold water has a higher density and sinks to the bottom, but the amount of density in the water is also determined by the amount of salt in it.
Polar ice is composed of fresh water. As it melts, it adds more fresh water into the ocean, making the water in the north Atlantic less dense. At some point, it won’t be able to sink anymore. The global ocean conveyor belt will stop circulating. This would be the end of the Gulf Stream and the beginning of a new ice age.
“Up to one billion people rely on coral reefs for food, coastal protection, and income. But reefs are rapidly dying due to climate change, pollution, and overfishing. Over 50% have died since the 1970s, and over 90% are on track to die by 2050.”
– Coral Vita
Coral reefs, home to 25% of marine life, are among the most biologically diverse ecosystems on Earth. A source of food for millions and a valuable source of income to local economies, with services valued at $10 trillion per year, the coral reefs are vital to more than 500 million people.
But, the coral reefs also absorb CO2 and transform it into the oxygen we breathe; and therefore, the coral reefs are vital to all humans.
Over the last 40 years, a warming planet, pollution, and overfishing has caused the life of more than half the world’s coral reefs. As oceans warm, mass coral bleaching and infectious diseases become more prevalent.
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We must take action now for own survival and our solutions must be exponential.
Photograph by Justin Hofman, Sealegacy
The Regeneration Fund will start by raising $3 Million to support nonprofit organizations and academia committed to restoring our soils to health within the one generation. At the end of the day, at the end of our lives, we will ask ourselves whether we could have done more for the health and well-being of Earth, humanity, and all living things. Leverage your charitable giving to create social change with ICV’s Catalytic Philanthropy.
|Funding Coral Restoration|
|Funding Marine Life Conservation|
|Preventing and Reducing Ocean Pollution|
|Education, Alliance Building, and Advocacy|
World Cleanup Day is one of the biggest civic movements of our time, uniting 180 countries across the world for a cleaner planet. World Cleanup Day on 15 September 2018 united 18 million people across 157 countries and territories for the biggest waste collection day in human history. An epic 36-hour green wave of cleanups across the globe – beginning in New Zealand and traveling around the world before ending in Hawaii. Watch the video if you don’t believe!
“If we wipe out the fish, the oceans are going to die. If the oceans die, we die. We can’t live on this planet with a dead ocean.”
– Captain Paul Watson
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is an international non-profit, marine wildlife conservation organization. Established in 1977, Sea Shepherd’s mission is to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the world’s oceans in order to conserve and protect ecosystems and species. The non-profit uses innovative direct-action tactics to investigate, document, and take action when necessary to expose and confront illegal activities on the high seas. By safeguarding the biodiversity of our delicately balanced ocean ecosystems, Sea Shepherd works to ensure their survival for future generations.
The Sea Shepherd team are risk-takers. For over 40 years, Sea Shepherd has grown from a small organization to a global movement of thousands of passionate volunteers from dozens of nations. What has never changed is their attitude.
The Sea Shepherd team puts themselves on the front lines to expose the truth, save marine wildlife, conduct vital research and stop illegal activity through collaborative campaigns with communities and governments through lawful means and in accordance to international charters and declarations.
The organization’s commitment has led to the protection of marine wildlife—including endangered or threatened species—and their delicate habitats. Sea Shepherd has cut illegal nets, cleaned vital ecosystems, shutdown illegal operations in contentious waters, and even delivered humanitarian supplies. The organization never stops because the survival of our ocean is a constant challenge. It is an enduring commitment and a long-term solution.
Programming, Coursework, Partnerships and Development will address the Sustainable Development Goals, with measurable outcomes of achieving all of the 17 SDGs.
“For most of history, man has had to fight nature to survive; in this century he is beginning to realize that, in order to survive, he must protect it.”
– Jacques-Yves Cousteau
Our experienced team has the character, courage, and commitment to solve the world’s greatest challenges. We operate on the ground to facilitate essential research. Conducting large-scale interviews and clarifying risks and opportunities, we create engagement with community leaders to establish sustainable solutions.
Christopher R. Lindstrom is the co-founder of CYCLEffect Regenerative Ventures Ltd Coop Association, which was born out of a vision he had for a new model of cooperative investing and business incubation with a focus on growing the “regenerative” and “circular” economy. CyclEffect is may be the first “venture cooperative” that allows for early stage companies to own a stake in a growing eco-system of other mission aligned businesses. The role of CyclEffect is to not only support the sustainable growth of each member business but develop synergistic opportunities with in its membership that contributes to the regenerative economy regionally and globally.
Christopher Lindstrom is committed to his work to help transition the economy from a paradigm of extraction to one of regeneration. He has had an interest in and passion for the area of alternative monetary systems and local currencies since 2002. In 2003 he became a volunteer staff member at the Schumacher Center for a New Economics, where he organized a major international conference, called “Local Currencies in the 21st Century,” that involved roughly 300 participants from 17 countries in the discussion of a movement that was gaining recognition. In 2005 he helped launch a funders circle dedicated to raising awareness around money as an engineered system that can feasibly be re-engineered to introduce sustainability and social values into our economic system. In 2006 he co-founded BerkShares, a local currency for use in the southern Berkshires of western Massachusetts, which continues to receive international media attention and has served as a model for other communities interested in creating their own locally circulating currency. Lindstrom has been active in the bioenergy sector as an investor and entrepreneur. He is the co-founder of Catalyst Bioenergy Group, has served on the Board of Directors of the Slow Money Institute, and currently serves as a director of the David Rockefeller Fund. He is also the co-founder of CyclEffect, a new model of cooperative investing and business incubation that enables companies in their early stages to own a stake in a growing ecosystem of mission-aligned businesses.
Robert Smith, Founder of ICV, is a fifth generation investment executive who has spent most of his career managing capital for some of the largest financial institutions and identifying traditional and alternative investment and philanthropic opportunities for family offices. Mr. Smith serves as Advisor to the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), which makes public and private finance work for the poor in the world’s 47 least developed countries; the Permanent Secretariat of the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates; and, the Mandela family’s Africa Rising Foundation. He serves as International Trustee of Religions for Peace International, the world’s largest and most representative multi-religious coalition advancing common action for peace, since 1970, by working to advance multi-religious consensus on positive aspects of peace as well as concrete actions to stop war, help eliminate extreme poverty and protect the earth. Mr. Smith also serves on the President’s Leadership Council of Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health, the largest academic medical center in Philadelphia. Carrying on the mission of his family to provide “inspirational and tangible help for young people,” Mr. Smith serves as a member of the board of directors of the Chaeli Foundation USA, Childhood Cancer Kids, The Children’s Village, St. Clair Butterfly Foundation, and Tuesday’s Children. He also serves as president and a member of the board of directors of The Harmon Foundation, a private foundation established in 1922 by his great, great grandfather, William E. Harmon. In 2018, Mr. Smith was recognized as one of The 100 Visionary Leaders by Real Leaders Magazine, alongside Bill Gates, Muhammad Yunus, President Juan Santos, Mikhail Gorbachev, Leonardo DiCaprio and many others who are leading us towards a better world. He was also inducted as a member of Evolutionary Leaders, alongside Deepak Chopra, Jack Canfield, Gary Zukav, Bruce Lipton, Gregg Braden and other leaders who feel a sense of urgency about the state of our world and are forging a movement for the conscious evolution of humanity.
“We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch – we are going back from whence we came.”
– John F. Kennedy