The Indian Ocean is currently the least scientifically known and least protected ocean on Earth. It is warming three times faster than the Pacific Ocean and as coastal states continue to grow, it is increasingly threatened by worsening pollution, rapid coastal development and unsustainable exploitation of marine life.
With an average age of under 30, by 2050, ‘the Ocean of the Future’ will be home to half of the world’s population.
First Descent is a series of expeditions to explore, protect and restore it’s health for the benefit of the planet, the climate and the people who rely on it for their lives, jobs and food security.
Each Mission combines commitments to ocean protection, research to inform ocean policy, knowledge exchange and inspirational communications to strengthen the public mandate for political action.