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Blue Climate Initiative

The Blue Climate Initiative harnesses research and innovation to accelerate ocean-based strategies to combat climate change. Bringing together world-class minds, pioneering practitioners and emerging leaders, we target breakthrough solutions that combat climate change while protecting and conserving our oceans, leveraging their power to address some of the greatest challenges of our time - renewable energy, sustainable food supplies, clean drinking water, improved human health, flourishing biodiversity and sustainable ocean economies.

An Urgent Need for Ocean Protection and Climate-Focused, Ocean-Based Innovation

The health of our oceans is critical. Oceans generate an astounding half of the world’s oxygen and absorb a quarter of its carbon dioxide emissions. Over 3 billion people depend on the oceans for their primary source of nutrition. The oceans’ goods and services generate about $2.5 trillion per year, equivalent to world’s seventh largest economy. While under growing danger from global warming, ocean acidification, pollution, unsustainable fishing practices and other threats, responsibly protected, restored, and managed oceans could reverse the buildup of carbon in our atmosphere while also sustainably supplying humanity with abundant energy, fresh water, nutritious food, improved health, and economic opportunity for those who depend on the blue economy. But to unlock these urgently needed solutions, we need immediate concerted action - an ocean innovation movement.

Accelerating an Ocean Innovation Movement

The Blue Climate Initiative is a multi-year program involving the identification, implementation and acceleration of ocean-based solutions to climate change and other pressing issues.

  • Phase 1: Developing the Knowledge Foundation

    Six Working Groups led by world-renowned experts are currently identifying and developing the most promising ocean-based transformational opportunities to address climate change and other pressing issues including renewable energy, sustainable food supplies, improved human health, protection of genetic resources and sustainable tourism.

  • Phase 2: Initiating Implementation

    Commencing in Fall 2020, work will begin in implementing the transformational opportunities identified in Phase 1. This phase is being led by leaders experienced in implementing innovative programs through accelerator programs, investment, community organization, public outreach and awareness, policy change, and prize competitions.

  • Phase 3: Hosting Summit and Supporting Impact at Scale

    During the Summit in mid-2021, investors, entrepreneurs, policy leaders, influencers, and others will convene in French Polynesia to further accelerate the implementation of the transformational opportunities identified in Phase 1 and build upon the progress achieved in Phase 2. After the Summit, the Initiative will continue with acceleration of transformational opportunities.

Chris Meyer retrieving the ARMS plates on Tetiaroa
water sampling - ocean acidification project
Sea Water Air Conditioning SWAC
coral tree project
growing corals in the lagoon