An estimated 17.6 billion pounds of plastic enters the marine environment from land-based sources every year – this is roughly equivalent to dumping a garbage truck full of plastic into the oceans every minute. Tens of thousands of individual marine animals have been observed suffering from entanglement or ingestion of plastics permeating the ocean environment.

The North Atlantic right whale is one of the most endangered large whales on the planet. Today, only about 400 North Atlantic right whales remain, including fewer than 100 breeding females. To prevent extinction, the whales must be protected from fishing gear entanglements and ship strikes.

One of the gravest threats to our oceans and our planet is a changing climate. Offshore oil drilling is a sizable contributor to carbon dioxide emissions and threatens marine life and ecosystems.