The Levine Family Foundation (LFF) is a philanthropic organisation seeking to address the catastrophic stresses marine life currently faces, in the hope that our oceans can thrive again as they once did. Through our research the foundation has connected with scientists, conservationists, lawyers, policymakers and grant makers. Together, we are working to reverse the current spiralling trends which so threaten our oceans and the survival of billions who depend on it.
We look to innovate, incubate and escalate sustainable marine practices and techniques in order to safeguard ocean habitats and species against the changes caused by industrial processes. By doing so we hope to recreate a thriving marine landscape. The Levine Family Foundation is born from the philanthropy of Miranda and Ben Levine and supported by foundation trustees
Melissa Spiteri, Julie Macnabb and Kathy Levine.
In the words of Sylvia Earle, we need to respect the oceans and take care of them as if our lives depended on it. Because they do.
No ocean, no life support system.
"If you're overfishing at the top of the food chain, and acidifying the ocean at the bottom, you're creating a squeeze that could conceivably collapse the whole system"
"Water and air, the two essential fluids on which all life depends, have become global garbage cans”
WHY WE CHOSE TO ACT
Our oceans are in a desperate state. Over the last century, unsustainable farm practices, deforestation, excessive and illegal fishing, pollution and a warming climate have exacted a heavy toll on our environment. We are now witnessing a decimation of life, compounded by omnipresent plastic pollution, vast dead zones and empty ecosystems.
Feeling compelled to act is easy but being optimistic can be hard. We hope to help create an environment where both fish and fishing communities can thrive together. This has been the case for thousands of years and we now need to adapt our systems to support our growing population, whilst protecting ocean life for future generations.
As a Foundation believing in optimism and action, we are looking towards technologies and scientific capacity that can deliver solutions. We know we can repurpose the weak legislation and oversight that has allowed this situation to develop. We understand that we can continue to change attitudes to plastics and pollution around the world, and build a growing global commitment to change.
There is time - marine life is quick to rebound. The oceans may be on the verge of collapse but if we act, they will start to replenish.
We are optimistic because we see fishing communities around the world organising and becoming part of the solution. They have the opportunity to change the political reality that incentivises overfishing, just as consumers around the world have the opportunity to change the economic reality that drives it. They are starting to do so.
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