OceanElders is an independent group of global leaders who have joined together to serve as a catalyst in the conservation and protection of the ocean and its wildlife. These individuals use their collective influence, supported by science and data, to promote ocean conservation, pursue the protection of the ocean’s habitat and wildlife, and preserve its ecosystems and species biodiversity.
OceanElders was created to be a locus of collaboration in the field of ocean conservation. By working with and leveraging the work of other ocean organizations, OceanElders works to encourage, endorse, and champion their ocean initiatives. The structure is optimized and the team focused to be a catalytic agent of change in order to achieve lasting impact at scale in ocean conservation and sustainability.
The idea for OceanElders began on the Mission Blue voyage to the Galapagos Islands in April 2010, where over 100 scientists, business leaders, philanthropists, and entertainment icons came together to support Dr. Sylvia Earle, 2009 TED Prize Winner, in her TED Wish to draw public attention to the urgent need for ocean protection. Gigi Brisson returned home and created and funded OceanElders, developed its plan and model, and sought out global leaders who had a personal passion for the ocean and its wildlife. OceanElders welcomed Dr. Earle as its first Ocean Elder in June 2010 and those that have joined since include H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco, Sir Richard Branson, Jackson Browne, James Cameron, Dr. Rita Colwell, Jean-Michel Cousteau, Wade Davis, Jose Maria Figueres, Jane Goodall, Graeme Kelleher, Sven Lindblad, Gerry Lopez, Walter Munk, Dr. Frederik Paulsen, Dr. Bertrand Piccard, Her Majesty Queen Noor, Nainoa Thompson, Ted Turner, Captain Don Walsh, and Dr. E.O. Wilson. Over time, more Ocean Elders will be added, with an effort to include individuals from Africa, China, India, Japan, and Central and South America.
You can click the following link to download the Ocean Elders Impact Statement which highlights some of our letters and publications presented during our first five years. —-> Impact Statement
Donations can be made via the Paypal Donate button which appears at the bottom of the pages on this website. A donation by check may be made out to OceanElders Inc. and mailed to PO Box 1374, Hollister, CA 95024.
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