November 2021


Welcome to our November Newsletter.

We hope everyone is doing well.

COP26 Overview

The world’s highest-level and largest climate summit, COP26, began on Nov. 1 and gaveled in an agreement on November 13th. COP's ultimate goal was to negotiate and produce agreements to limit global warming to 1.5℃. It made progress, but fell short: keeping warming to 1.5℃ is not yet within reach, but neither is the door entirely closed.

Oceans at COP26

At a technical level, the ocean was formally recognized as an official topic for action under the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change). Most significantly, COP26’s final agreement calls for an annual dialogue to strengthen ocean-based action that will take place every May/June from 2022, before reporting back to the COP towards the end of the year.

There were also numerous specific ocean initiatives announced; here is a concise summary of five key takeaways, courtesy of the World Ocean Initiative. Our own Vanessa Fajans-Turner attended most of the conference and was grateful to have the opportunity to connect with many of our friends and partners. We would also like to congratulate Sam Teicher and Gator Halpern of the Coral Vita Team for receiving HRH Prince William’s Earthshot Prize.

A Busy Month for Innovation

Investable Oceans participated in three ocean innovation competitions in the past month. Vanessa served as a judge for the Ocean Impact Pitchfest 2021, see the winners here. Ted served as a judge for the 10th annual Ocean Exchange Awards, in addition to serving as a mentor for the Oceans Stream at CDL- Atlantic. The winners and finalists in these programs are truly impressive, and it’s a privilege to have the opportunity to participate alongside others who care deeply about the future of our oceans. There are many additional ocean innovation events in the coming months, to keep up on the latest information please feel free to subscribe to our calendar here.

Thank you, as always, for your support.

Ted, Brian, Vanessa and Glenn




Meet the Experts - Akua (Courtney Boyd Meyers)

Our "Meet the Experts" feature this month is none other than CMB from Akua! Courtney fills us in on why regenerative kelp farming and eating are beneficial for the planet and our bodies. As an added bonus, look out for our #Cooking4Climate Instagram Live in December! We will be cooking Akua's delicious kelp burgers live and chatting about all things kelp! Follow us @InvestableOceans to learn more and to join in!




Plastic pollution: Can seaweed end problem?

These researchers are investigating the use of seaweed and chalk as a renewable sources to replace plastics in packaging.


The Ministry for the Future

In this novel, author Kim Stanley Robinson shares fictional eyewitness accounts to tell the story of how climate change will affect us all.


Benjamin Grant

This visual artist uses satellite imagery to create thought-provoking photographs of our plant.


Pollution to products? Recycled carbon emissions are coming to consumer shelves

These companies are using an industrial gas fermentation process to turn captured carbon pollution into household products.



Checking in on ocean-based climate solutions: Where we are and where we need to be

This report captures key narratives around ocean-based climate solutions through four sector-specific categories: clean energy; transport; food systems; and carbon dioxide removal and storage.


The Sixth Status of Corals of the World: 2020 Report

This interactive article uses a combination of moving imagery and text to cover key findings from the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network’s report on the Status of Coral Reefs of the World.


Investing For Ocean Impact

Join Dorothée Herr – manager of the IUCN’s Blue Natural Capital Financing Facility – to discover the reasons to invest in the ocean, as she speaks to leading experts, global policymakers, and investment movers and shakers.


NOVEMBER 23rd 10.00 AM - 11.30 AM EST

Illuminating Hidden Harvests

NOVEMBER 30th 1.00 PM - 2.00 PM EST

WRI - Ocean Watch Launch

DECEMBER 2nd 10.00 PM - 1.00 AM EST

Oceanic Global LA's Sustainable Holiday Party

DECEMBER 6th - 7th

OEE2021 - Ocean Energy Europe

DECEMBER 11th - 14th

World Aquaculture Africa 2021

46 East 70th Street, New York, New York 10021

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