APRIL 2021 PARTNER OF THE MONTH

SeaTrees by
Sustainable Surf

To help restore our planet, protect our oceans, and reduce the amount of carbon in our atmosphere, we’re donating $1 to SeaTrees, an environmental restoration project by the nonprofit Sustainable Surf, for every Earth Day Bracelet purchased.

Meet SeaTrees

PROJECTS

Our donation will be used to restore blue-carbon ecosystems

BLUE-CARBON ECOSYSTEMS

The ocean has the power to reverse climate change

Blue-carbon ecosystems are some of the world’s most productive ecosystems and serve as nurseries for countless sea animals. They’re also incredible carbon sinks. For example, mangrove forests sequester up to 10 times more atmospheric carbon per hectare than tropical rainforests.


At least 1 in 6 mangrove species are in danger of extinction due to climate change and coastal development. Approximately half of the world’s coral reefs were lost in the last 30 years, and more than 60% of remaining reefs are threatened by human activity, with Indonesia being the largest area of vulnerable reefs.


NUSA PENIDA, BALI, INDONESIA

Coral restoration

The other part of our donation to SeaTrees will be used to restore degraded coral reefs in Nusa Penida, Bali, Indonesia. Working alongside their local restoration partner, Ocean Gardener, SeaTrees is helping restore coral reefs damaged by poor tourism practices.


Restoring the reef in Nusa Penida with a diverse range of coral will provide new and healthy habitat for more than 500 species of reef fish, including the vulnerable oceanic manta and reef manta rays.


And at a time when COVID has seriously impacted tourism and related employment in Bali, it’s important to note that this project is also responsible for directly employing 20+ people and providing financial support to the local community.


BIAK REGION, WEST PAPUA, INDONESIA

Mangrove restoration

SeaTrees will use a portion of our donation to plant and protect mangroves in the Biak Region of West Papua, Indonesia. Working with their local restoration partner, Eden Projects, SeaTrees has already planted more than 350,000 mangroves. Every 10 mangrove trees planted:


-Has the potential to sequester more than 3 metric tons of CO2 over their 25-year lifecycle

-Serves as critical nursery grounds for fish and shellfish


-Increases local marine biodiversity and productivity

-Creates approximately a half day of living-wage employment for local community members, helping to support 55 families

-Protects local villages from storm surges and sea level rise

-Provides resources for local education


ABOUT

Why 4ocean is planting trees in the sea

SeaTrees, by nonprofit Sustainable Surf, makes it easy for anyone who cares about the ocean (and don’t we all?) to directly support communities planting and protecting blue-carbon coastal ecosystems, which is one of the most effective ways to suck carbon out of the atmosphere.

As an ocean-focused platform for people and brands to take direct action on climate change, SeaTrees works with communities around the world to restore, regenerate, and protect “blue-carbon” coastal ecosystems — mangrove and kelp forests, seagrass, ridge-to-reef watersheds, and coral reefs.

Planting a SeaTree does a lot more than sequester atmospheric carbon; it also gets us closer to achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. The regeneration and protection of blue-carbon ecosystems provides critical habitat for countless species, sustainable long-term employment for local communities, and protects those communities from storm surges and sea level rise.

The global scientific community has been clear: we have the next 10 years to reduce our collective carbon footprint and avoid passing a catastrophic climate tipping point. With active projects in Indonesia, Cambodia, the United States, and Kenya, SeaTrees is on a mission to support 100 new blue-carbon coastal ecosystem projects in the next 10 years.

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