OceanSOS is a series of events, uniting local and international officials, funders, innovators, academics, and other stakeholders to create a global network of regenerative ocean initiatives. Focused on bridging next-gen approaches in technology, decentralization, community governance, blended funding, and cultural integration for the betterment of our seas.
Our goal is to facilitate working relationships between public benefit and private sector organizations - through the support of funding models, tech, and cross-cultural communication.
GEMSI: Beit Al Atlas
GEMSI exists to connect with marginalized Middle Eastern youth. Their newest project, Beit Al Atlas is a seven-bedroom multi-purpose home in Beirut, Lebanon. The house serves as an mentoring space, music education studio, provides business coaching, and venue space to host activities that range from yoga workshops, dance, film screenings as well as conversation potlucks. Young residents range from an Iraqis to transgender youth, Ethiopian migrant workers, to local street workers from Syria, and Lebanese students, as well as a Palestinians. The house is a safe space for community, some of whom are local disadvantaged youth and some of whom could be visitors coming to Beirut to contribute to the house. The house provides a stable income to support the inhabitants and their families.
Project Vesta is a plan to sequester carbon by accelerating the weathering of a specific type of rock called olivine on the world's most tidally active beaches. When olivine reacts with ocean water and the CO2 dissolved in it, it reacts to creates a bicarbonate solution that eventually sequesters the carbon as rock on the sea floor. The earth has used this reaction of millions of years, so nearly all of the exposed olivine has already weathered. Fortunately, this type of rock makes up 80% of the mantle, so the plan is to dig it up and then harness the free energy of wave motion to tumble the rocks and rapidly accelerate their weathering. Project Vesta will be creating a global network of green sand beaches. Help this project by donating today! Each $25 equates to 1 ton of olivine dumped on the beach and 1.25 tons of CO2 sequestered.
Regener8 | Lobitos, Peru
Regener8 brought together University of Lima marine biologists, Moss Landing Research Institute algae experts, local artisanal fisherman, and our team to educate and accelerate community leaders in Lobitos. Empowering a shift in resource-use, creating economic opportunity from waste and regenerative sea-life. By supporting locals with the tools they want, we support locally inspired programming reach new milestones.
In Venezuela, in only one year, the population has lost an average of 25lbs (11kg) due to malnutrition and starvation. The problem is systemic to the distribution of products and is linked to the socio-political problems they’re enduring. We partner with a local plant-based MRE producer in Venezuela to solve distribution issues and feed those in need.
The Institute for Emergence
The Institute for Emergence will be a center for research, science communication that employs the arts, and community-building, with the overarching objective of advancing conservation culture and the scientific foundation of conservation.