$185 Million for Our Oceans: A New Partnership between OceanX and Bloomberg Philanthropies
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$185 Million for Our Oceans: A New Partnership between OceanX and Bloomberg Philanthropies

September 11, 2019

It’s important to explore the ocean because it’s more
than twice the size of the world that we know. It’s so essential to our weather, to our health. Three billion people depend on the oceans for their food and livelihoods. That’s why we’re on a shared mission to
explore the ocean and bring it back to the world. Over the next several years, Bloomberg Philanthropies and OceanX will be working together on new initiatives around the world. Mike and I saw a great opportunity to explore the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts, which together make up the first US marine national monument in the Atlantic. And we saw that as a way of kicking off our partnership. Off the coast of the northeastern United States, carved out of the continental shelf, these massive underwater canyons contain large, diverse ecosystems… each one brimming with scientific discoveries, including species previously unknown to science. The OceanX-Bloomberg mission documented new patterns of species diversity. They’ll play an important role in our strategies to educate and inspire people to protect these spectacular and critical ecosystems. This kind of work to document, preserve, and safeguard marine environments has never been more crucial. Our oceans are being damaged by pollution, oil and gas exploration, destructive fishing practices, and increasingly, climate change. All of which are killing these habitats before we’ve
even had the time to appreciate what’s at stake. Our oceans hold the answers to so many of our most pressing questions, yet less than five percent of them have been explored. They’re a finite resource. So we need to do whatever we can to stop the impacts of climate change and defend against urgent ocean threats to ensure they don’t vanish forever. By starting in our own backyard, we hope to
inspire Americans and others around the world as they conserve their own national waters. I’m thrilled to be on this shared mission to explore the ocean and then to bring it back so that everbody can see it. That’s why Ray and I are glad to be committing
over 185 million dollars over the next four years to explore critical marine areas, share their stories with the world, and work with partners to protect ocean resources around the globe. Everybody should see this and get excited about the ocean. And then I think if we do, we’re going to love it
a lot more and take better care of it.

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  1. This might not be a popular question, but how can we help get 3rd world nations to get on board with this (the citizens not just government). In those countries they have so many hardships that they can't really afford to care about the ocean and in many cases they aren't educated to care. Of course we in first worlds need to do our part in keeping our part of the world clean but what can we do in 3rd world nations to help out? And we can't simply just throw money at those governments because there is too much risk that the money won't actually go to environmental projects.

  2. '' yeah this little boat costs 185 million doll… huh what , behind me .. ? blub blub blub … ''
    can i still pee in the ocean ? i love doing that

  3. I don't care how much $$money$$ you have or get from someone else for the oceans.
    Yet the real truth is when 7 billion humans are all responsible for the trash that pollutes it.
    I'm sorry to say your little team is no match for all that pollution. I don't care if someone gave you $500 trillion it still would not get it cleaned up!
    Sounds more like you got a "hand me out" paid vacation!
    Go out do some things put it on paper make it all look good to the public.
    Though the problem still exist and will continue to exist till man becomes extinct!
    No matter how much money is involved!
    We live within steps of the oceans
    Guess everytime a hurricane cyclone tsunami or whatever else happens that $187 million should be enough to clean it all up?

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