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.