Restoring and building up certain elements of marine ecosystems such as mangroves, seagrasses, coral reefs, and oyster reefs are essential to improving carbon capture. For example—seagrasses cover around 0.2% of ocean floor, but store 10% of the carbon that's buried in the oceans each year. Reinforcing the strength of these ecosystems is a critical piece of ensuring our ocean's future.
One of SOA's commitments is to empower youth to bring their ocean health projects to life—and to scale. In 2020, we began to support youth-led ocean health projects around the world through our Ocean Leadership Microgrants program. To date, SOA's microgrants have supported 20 youth-led blue carbon projects in coastal and indigenous communities around the world.
This September during Climate Week NYC, we're thrilled to join forces with The Climate Group to host a special event highlighting these solutions. Together, we'll explore the importance of blue carbon and investigate its role in safeguarding the future of our planet. We'll hear keynotes from world renowned climate leaders, and will offer an inside look at some of these incredible youth-driven blue carbon solutions of today and tomorrow.
Register here to join us on September 21st at 10:30AM ET / 4:30PM CET!