The core of our organizational mission is reversing climate change - through the planting and restoration of blue carbon coastal ecosystems to regenerate ocean health.
the earth's superhero
What does the ocean have to do with solving climate change?
Well, the ocean generates 50% of the oxygen we breathe, absorbs 25% of all carbon dioxide emissions we release, and captures 90% of the excess heat produced by these emissions. Known as our planet’s “carbon sink” - a healthy ocean is not only vital to all of our survival, but is our fundamental resolution to reversing climate change. And the way we keep our ocean healthy is by planting, protecting, and restoring blue carbon ecosystems.
What is Blue Carbon and Why Does SeaTrees Want to Protect It?
Blue carbon refers to carbon stored in coastal and marine ecosystems, and blue carbon coastal ecosystems draw carbon out of the atmosphere and sequester it faster than terrestrial ecosystems.
Despite these benefits, they are one of the most threatened ecosystems on Earth. The regeneration of these ecosystems provides critical habitat for countless species, sustainable long-term employment for local communities, and protection from climate change impacts.
Carbon Capturing Powerhouses
Though terrestrial forests typically get most of the attention, they aren’t the only ecosystems that possess a natural ability to fight climate change - in fact there is another ecosystem type that is 5-10x more efficient at sequestering carbon than any forest on land: Blue Carbon Ecosystems.
Blue Carbon Ecosystems include mangrove forests, kelp forests, seagrass meadows, coral reefs, and coastal watersheds.