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4 challenges we need to solve to protect our ocean

4 challenges we need to solve to protect our ocean

4 challenges we need to solve to protect our ocean

Did you know that the ‘ocean economy’ is worth around $2.5 trillion annually? But we can’t continue to pollute the ocean, use it as a carbon and heat sink without threatening the integrity of the entire ocean ecosystem which is threatened by climate change, pollution, and overfishing.

The four challenges are 1) restorative aquaculture; 2) protecting and restoring ocean reefs; 3) establishing Marine Protected Areas and using technology to keep them viable; 4) Investing in nature-based solutions. Watch the World Economic Forum’s 2 minute video about what this means.

A second UpLink Ocean Sprint is looking for innovative solutions to address some of the key challenges facing the ocean. From UpLink’s first Ocean Sprint, announced at Davos 2020, three winning projects were chosen from more than 50 submissions. They included an Oman-based online platform for reselling empty shipping container space; a waste management company from Myanmar; and a seaweed farming company. UpLink has also formed an Ocean Cohort of 12 innovations tackling the biggest challenges facing our seas.

Sustainability Spotlight: Tony’s Coffee

Sustainability Spotlight: Tony’s Coffee

How did sustainability start for Tony’s? Our sustainability journey can be traced back to 2002, when we began sourcing Organic, Fair Trade, Shade Grown coffee. Since then, we moved to 100% green power, doubled our roasting efficiency, offset our roastery’s carbon footprint, and continue to support causes that we care about. Our commitment to sourcing…

Sustainability Spotlight: Aslan Brewing Company

Sustainability Spotlight: Aslan Brewing Company

Aslan Brewing Company, a member of Sustainable Connections, is based in Bellingham, WA and was founded in 2012. From the beginning, every decision the Aslan founders made was through the lens of sustainability. When Aslan opened its brewpub doors in May of 2014, team members focused on crafting world-class beer with local ingredients and low-impact…

Sustainability Spotlight: Brio Laundry and Cleaners

Sustainability Spotlight: Brio Laundry and Cleaners

Buckminster Fuller once said, “In order to change an existing paradigm you do not struggle to try and change the problematic model. You create a new model and make the old one obsolete. That, in essence, is the higher service to which we are all being called.” Colleen Unema combined her educator mindset with a…

California testing solar-paneled canals

California testing solar-paneled canals

The Turlock Irrigation District approved a pilot project testing the construction of solar panels over canals in the San Joaquin Valley. Key takeaways: The decision was based on research demonstrating that covering the 4,000 miles of California’s water canals with solar panels could reduce evaporation by as much as 82%, saving up to 63 billion…

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