A Compelling Need for Ocean Protection and Climate-Focused, Ocean-Based Innovation
Grounded in our experience and actions on Tetiaroa, OUR VISION is an Island Earth Initiative that weaves enlightened values, traditional wisdom, and scientific understanding into a new fabric for our common island home.
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 three 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. Responsibly protected, restored, and managed oceans could reverse the buildup of carbon in our atmosphere and halt ocean biodiversity loss, 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 unlocking these urgently needed solutions requires immediate concerted action - an ocean innovation movement.
Current Actions: Designated by the atoll's owners as the environmental steward of Tetiaroa with authority and responsibility to manage, conserve and protect the entire island, our program objectives are summarized in our Conservation and Sustainable Use Plan. Under that plan, TS develops and carries out conservation and education, hosts scientific research, and curates the island's knowledge-base. We partner with The Brando to introduce resort guests to the nature and culture of the island, and to establish Tetiaroa as a model for island/earth sustainability where businesses and charities work together for the benefit of communities and nature.
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