On the occasion of World Oceans Day 2018, we at FundingtheOcean.org took a minute to gather information to help you better understand the impact of plastics on our ocean, learn what funders are doing to counteract this growing problem, and discover how you can get involved.
From our information gathering in the resource center, plastic efforts tend to focus in these areas:
Regulation and Policy
Reduce and Recycle
Restore Oceans and Beaches
So we have decided to highlight a few key findings for each of these. Of course, we know there is more activity in this space than we are covering, and we welcome your grants, research and publications, and any events where those interested in addressing this issue can convene. Please submit your information to: fundingtheocean.org/share.
Based on available data on our map: The Plastic Pollution Coalition was one of the most funded projects to raise awareness about plastics in the ocean between 2016 - 2018.
One year since the Clean Seas Campaign’s launch, 43 governments, representing half of the world’s coastline, have signed up for the Campaign
Foundations also seem keen to fund beach clean-ups and restoration projects. These tend to be local efforts contributing to the global issue.
Our colleagues at Marine Watch International want to encourage us all to join World Clean Up Day on September 15, 2018. Mark your calendars!
If you too are inspired to act, there are already 55 private funders tackling plastics in our Funding Map—see which organizations they are supporting. Or start a group conversation in our online community. Also, if you are already working on this issue but don’t see yourself on the map, it's an easy fix: send us your data and we will load it!