THE STORIES WE TELL
Every other breath we take comes from the sea. The oceans are a primary source of food for one billion people. Oceans provide millions of jobs and hundreds of billions of dollars to the world economy. Our oceans are our life support system, but they are endangered as a consequence of our apathy and ignorance in supporting them. We make an emotional connection that both inspires and informs through visuals, and we drive that connection home through powerful storytelling. Even though we are worlds apart, we are all connected by a common humanity and a common source of life—our oceans.
SeaLegacy has identified three focus areas where we will have the most impact:
three focus areas
ADDRESS CLIMATE CHANGE
From record-setting heat waves and droughts, destructive and deadly storms, to the precipitous decline of iconic species such as salmon, polar bears, and whales, to the tiny plankton, krill, and herring that form the basis of the ocean’s food chain, the catastrophic impacts of climate change are already here—and they are happening faster than scientists expected. Climate change is the overarching issue of our generation; it impacts every environmental challenge on this planet. It is the defining threat that we must address without delay.
PROTECT MARINE ECOSYSTEMS
Oceans cover more than 70 percent of the planet’s surface and comprise the largest habitat on Earth. They account for 99 percent of Earth’s available living space and support nearly 50 percent of all species. And yet, less than 2 percent of the ocean’s surface is protected, and over 80 percent of the world’s fisheries are considered overfished or completely collapsed. However, the ocean can heal itself if we protect it through strategic and targeted action. By protecting critical ecosystems through marine protected areas and establishing sustainable fisheries regulations in key regions of the world’s oceans, we will turn the tide, protect biodiversity, ensure the health of coastal communities, and preserve our world’s largest source of life.
safeguard coastal communities
Forty percent of the world’s population lives within 100 kilometers of the sea, and more than one billion people, including some of the world’s poorest, depend on marine and coastal biodiversity for their livelihoods. These coastal communities are also the most impacted from the effects of climate change and sea-level rise, experiencing devastating storms and disappearing ecosystems. In addition, pollution, industrial development, and overexploitation of ocean resources often deeply affect coastal fishing communities, and the struggle to maintain their way of life in the face of global change has a ripple effect across entire regions.