Ocean Revolution

About Us

advocating for the human-ocean ecosystem

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effective interactions between indigenous people and other stakeholders makes the difference in the success or failure of oceans conservation. Community struggles with development or conservation schemes, when seen only as economic or environmental issues, overlooks their impact on culture and on food sovereignty

guarding biocultural diversity

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efficient applied ocean conservation utilizes the traditional knowledge of indigenous people, 21st century tools and the customary ocean practices of resource users to build a both-ways dialogue that ends with positive biological conservation and measurable advancement of human well-being 

changing conservation narratives

members of the Kimberley Land Council

since 2004, Ocean Revolution with other non profit organizations has been working to address inequity and injustice in oceans management, focusing on the implications of environmental change and conservation burdens on indigenous coastal communities

what we do

education

  • Support for advanced academic degrees in archaeology, aquaculture, environmental engineering, coastal management, running non profit organizations and marine biology
  • Community oceans education through both-ways learning, films, radio, and television in local indigenous languages 

Filmmaking

linking jobs and conservation

entrepreneurial biodiversity conservation recognizes there are few livelihood choices in the remote communities of indigenous people that create economic opportunity from environmental stewardship. Training programs that emphasize best practices in marine business establish the incentives for responsible utilization of oceans resources

Bitonga Divers

our current partners

Ocean Revolution operates on a limited lifetime strategy. Many communities of indigenous people suffer from the inability of foundations, non profit organizations and philanthropists to recognize when their work is done. The interventions of NGOs often become too comfortable and serve as an easy justification of outsider success. These claims undermine the true champions of change which are the communities themselves. Please contact us if you would like information on historic partnerships going back to 2004

Bitonga Divers, Inhambane Mozambique

For centuries, environmental law and oceans stewardship in the cultures of indigenous people came from the stars, land and water. Practical wisdom, cultural and spiritual rules were passed from generation to generation to set the relationship between human beings and non-human beings. 

 There are always “watchers” seeking to harmonize contemporary narratives with ancient ocean rules. 

Our film is the story of the watchers of 

Mozambique and the resources they marshalled to return "ocean rules" to their home"