Oceanic Global is a 501(c)(3) global nonprofit organization that sheds light on humanity’s essential relationship to the ocean and empowers individuals, communities, and industries to create positive change for our collective wellbeing.
Oceanic Global inspires us to care deeply for the ocean and provides solutions to protect it through grassroots initiatives, including Regional Hubs Programs and through industry solutions through the Blue Standard (Blue).
Oceanic Global operates globally across over 26 countries and spanning major global regions, including the US, UK, UAE, Europe, Asia, the Caribbean, South America, and more.
Oceanic Global has long-standing alignments with various United Nations agencies and initiatives to help educate the collective about our oceans and the critical role it plays for the health of our planet.
Initiatives we work on include contributing to World Oceans Day educational programming each year. We also work with the UNDP in various capacities to help promote sustainable tourism and educate and uplift local communities about sustainable development and business practices.
Blue is a cross-industry sustainability standard that empowers businesses of all sizes to achieve measurable impact that protects our blue planet and establishes accountability for sustainable business leadership.
Blue offers a 3-star verification for plastic-free & sustainable Business Operations and a plastic-free verification for Products & Packaging. Blue is applicable across various industries, including hospitality, music, events, office spaces, professional sports, and consumer packaged goods.
Beyond verification, the Blue program provides industry-specific sustainability guides, free education resources, step-by-step auditing, and consultation support, and buying deals with our vetted network of sustainable solution providers. In doing so, Blue combats greenwashing by establishing universal accountability for sustainable business leadership.
Blue helps businesses achieve their sustainability goals, establish universal transparency and accountability, communicate and market their sustainability achievements, access to vetted sustainable solution providers, and tap into the business case for going Blue – which includes cost savings by increasing efficiency and reducing wasteful practices, building brand equity & loyalty, helping meet consumer demand for sustainable businesses, helping reach ESG & CSR targets, and serving as a brand differentiator.
Climate discussions must consider, be led by, and be representative of cross-cultural and indigenous heritage and values. Climate change disproportionately impacts global communities, especially those in low-lying island nations facing the brunt of sea level rise of developing nations receiving shipments of global waste, and must be proportionately centered in discussions and solutions.
Many case studies illustrate that traditional ways of knowledge, indigenous land stewardship, and farming practices, etc. are often the most conducive to ecosystem health and sustainability. As such, they should be centered at the forefront of climate discussions and solutions.
The impact of culture and heritage dimensions on the ocean, climate change, and plastic pollution is in providing invaluable wisdom, global perspectives, and tangible solutions to more effectively and equitably protect our blue planet.
Plastic pollution is a complex, global, and system-wide issue that demands a global response from stakeholders across the board. As such, the treaty is historical as it was agreed to create a legally-binding framework for reducing plastic pollution. This is a necessary and exciting first step.
Nonetheless, negotiations for terms of the treaty must be legally binding and enforceable globally to effect real change, and negotiations can take years. As such, we need to do everything we can to stop the creation of so much plastic as soon as we can– which is where businesses, corporations, individuals, and local or state governments need to do their part in the short term and eliminate single-use plastics.
At Oceanic Global, we underscore our interconnectivity to a reliance on the ocean across all facets of life and provide cross-sector solutions to protect it. Over the past year, it became abundantly clear to us that while the ocean covers 70% of our planet and is our biggest ally in mitigating climate change, it's still largely a secondary in the global climate narrative. That’s why we launched The Ocean x Climate Appeal to celebrate the ocean’s role in the global climate agenda and finally put the ocean first.
The Ocean x Climate Appeal seeks to generate a groundswell of public awareness for the importance of the ocean, all who depend on it, and all it sustains, in mitigating the climate crisis. It is a global movement to demand urgent attention for the ocean, as well as to amplify collaborative initiatives and catalyze streamlined action to protect our blue planet. By adding your name and/or signing on as a partner organization, you commit to doing your part to amplify visibility for the ocean-climate nexus, and helping to place the ocean center stage in the global climate agenda.
Selva Ozelli Esq, CPA is a legal and finance executive with diversified experience dealing with highly complex issues in the field of international taxation and related matters within the banking, securities, Fintech, alternative and traditional investment funds. Her first of its kind legal analyses involving tax laws, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), blockchain technology, solar technology and the environment and have been published in journals, books and by the OECD. Her writings have been translated into 15 languages.