Marine Permaculture (MP for short) is a wonderful Nature-based climate solution.It may be our best chance to regenerate life in the oceans and slow down or even stop climate change. It can also provide food and economic security to billions of people relying on the ocean for their livelihoods.
Marine Permaculture grows seaweed in the now heated open oceans on semi-submerged structures with a lightweight, flexible design that provides a cool, food-rich place for seaweed to live. These seaweeds can then be sustainably harvested using traditional marine kelp cutters to make carbon-negative products like food, animal feed, fertilizers, medicine & healthcare as well as r seaweed extracts such as alginate, agar, and carrageenan.
MP arrays can regenerate life in our oceans by cooling waters, growing seaweeds and creating fish habitat. They combine the benefits of ecosystem regeneration with economic incentives, including meeting a growing global demand for seaweed products. Seaweed absorbs excess nutrients in water and balances an acidic ocean pH. Seaweed’s ability to grow faster than any other plant on earth also provides substantial carbon offset potential.
Marine Permaculture can be deployed near the coast or further offshore to effectively cool the local waters, safely increase biomass; stop coral bleaching; grow, regenerate and sustainably cultivate seaweed; and create habitat that sustains wild fish populations. MP arrays can pay for themselves through sustainable seaweed and seafood production, return high gains to the larger community through ecosystem services, and address ocean acidification and climate change via a proportion of biomass being used as carbon draw-down from the mixed layer to permanently store in the deep ocean.
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We have developed key solutions that, for the first time, allow for efficient use of upwelled, deep water to grow seaweeds on the open ocean. Studies have shown that if we were to grow enough seaweed, we could significantly reduce the CO2 currently in our atmosphere. The Climate Foundation is working in partnership with 2040 to provide ecosystem life support, food security, and measure the carbon export from the mixed layer of the ocean from such seaweed maricultures. In the long run, this approach can reverse anthropogenic climate change, while regenerating the oceans and addressing global food security.
Call to Action We need your help to make vanishing ecosystems thrive. We can regenerate seaweed forests that absorb tens of tons of CO2 per acre per year, we can help seaweed farmers and fishermen have livelihoods and help sustain growing populations. This scaling effort will unlock the path for a sustainable Marine Permaculture regenerative project.
Help us scale The Climate Foundation is currently gearing up to deploy a 100 square meter system in the Philippines with its primary funders. With initial success in our small scale trials, we have teamed up with 2040 to raise funds for scaling the system to 1000 square meters, later 2.5 acres and ultimately a 250 acre Marine Permaculture, at this scale Marine Permaculture will be producing revenue sufficient for sustainable development. Our ultimate goal is to draw down gigatonnes of carbon dioxide annually with these Marine Permaculture systems, while regenerating ecosystems and addressing global food security, but we need your support to get there.
By helping the Climate Foundation now you can help to safeguard the oceans, our climate, and all those who depend on them.