As they write in their anniversary announcement “Much has changed over the last 50 years – some for the better, some for the worse”. The challenge of ocean pollution has become common knowledge, but the extent of the crisis and the steps needed to address it aren’t known to many. Likewise, global climate change is talked about everywhere, but the next decades will reveal its real impact on our ocean. Addressing and surmounting these challenges requires the energy of many committed individuals along with the resilience and expertise of established institutions.
The Ocean Conservancy embodies both, and moreover extends its expertise to organizations worldwide fighting for the same goals. They have been a knowledgeable and supportive partner to many organizations in their network and we consider ourselves privileged to be among them.
Goumbook would like to take this incredible milestone as an opportunity to congratulate the dedicated staff at the Ocean Conservancy on their outstanding achievements over the past five decades: From conducting large-scale clean-ups, to spearheading efforts in passing laws to advance sustainable fishing practices and lessen plastic pollution, to combatting devastating oil spills.
Since the launch of our “Save the Butts – Waste to Value” campaign, the Ocean Conservancy has sponsored many clean-ups to engage with the local community and offer all segments of society an opportunity to learn about the threats the ocean is facing due to our consumption patterns and how they can be part of the solution. With this approach we are not only effectively removing pollutants from the environment but also empowering communities with the mindsets and tools necessary to become agents of change.
Ever since the launch of “Save the Butts” our campaign has received an incredible response and a fair share of praise. But we couldn’t have done it without the support and encouragement of our partners both local and global, governmental and non-governmental, and last but not least without all of our amazing clean-up volunteers!
Did you know that all of Goumbook’s clean-ups are tracked and logged with the Ocean Conservancy’s Clean Swell app and contribute towards their TIDES database? We’re always told that “we don’t know what we don’t measure” so it is clear that data is powerful. By creating the world’s largest and most comprehensive data source on ocean pollution, we can all help inform decision making and lobbying on behalf of our oceans.