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Sustainable Ocean Alliance: I Wanted to Save the Ocean

BY Nathan Beers Writer Bank of the West

Aug 24th 2020

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When she was a student at Georgetown University, Daniela Fernandez grew anxious about the future of the planet. So in her college dorm room, at the age of 19, she founded Sustainable Ocean Alliance (SOA).

In the past five years, SOA has grown a global network of young Ocean Leaders in over 150 countries and launched an Ocean Solutions Accelerator to support technological innovations that can attack the threats to oceans and our planet.

“We want to protect the ocean, and we don’t want our money in the bank to do the opposite.”

We want to protect the ocean, and we don’t want our money in the bank to do the opposite.”

“I became an entrepreneur and built a nonprofit because I wanted to save the ocean. It’s my values that led me to where I am today,” says Daniela, a Forbes 30 Under 30 leader in 2019.

The future may depend on our oceans, which:

 

50% provide 50% of the planet's oxygen
30% absorb 30% of the CO2
3B are the primary source of food for more than 3 billion people

Sustainable Ocean Alliance’s values extend to business relationships, where it seeks vendors and partners promoting a healthier ocean and planet. That includes where the organization banks.

“We want to bank with someone supporting our mission,” she says. “We want to protect the ocean and we don’t want our money in the bank to do the opposite.”

Learn more about sustainable banking.

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