About Ocean-Climate Trust
Building New Momentum for Ocean-Climate Restoration
The Ocean-Climate Regeneration Alliance
The Ocean-Climate Regeneration Alliance (OCRA) is working to help bring the “design to win portfolio” approach to the forefront of climate action, focusing primarily on helping build out the negative emissions and hedges elements of the portfolio, and on the ocean contributions to each.
We need a new coalition to advance a robust climate stabilization and restoration portfolio that explicitly includes negative emission and hedges. An alliance will help expand the 'social license' needed to accelerate work around these two largely missing elements. Lack of social license is significantly hindering our progress.
OCRA overall will be grounded in a framework of diverse intellectual leadership to ensure a diversity of thought and due diligence as we work together to define, develop and build support for the key elements of the portfolio.
The OCRA will convene and work with experts in key fields related to portfolio strategies to carefully define and delineate the challenges and opportunities. Rigorous problem definition is fundamental to sourcing potential solutions that are designed and targeted in the right way.
With clearer and detailed definitions of the problems and opportunities, including the critical technological, ecological and engineering issues within, OCRA will employ well-tested tools to source innovation and breakthrough thinking, including: open and directed innovation; global crowdsourcing; competitions/prizes and challenges; and scouring of global science and research institutions.
Promising solutions will be incubated and accelerated using known systems that have been well developed by others, and this will be done in partnership with existing incubators/accelerators.
OCR will build a community of mentors and advisers and technical specialists who can help to take great ideas and existing enterprises to the scale necessary for impact. We will also connect to a community of enlightened impact investors who are in it for the impact and the legacy of solving the world’s greatest existential challenge.
Brad Ack is the Founder and Chief Creative Officer of the Ocean-Climate Trust. He launched the Trust to create new intellectual and financial capital for ocean/climate restoration, and to source and develop innovations to repair and restore critical components of the ocean system and take advantage of the oceans capacity to capture and store carbon in new ways.
Brad is an environmental innovator with nearly 30 years of sustained, creative contributions for a more sustainable and biologically diverse world.
His work has spanned geographies from the tropical forests of Latin America, to the high deserts of the American southwest, to work throughout the global ocean. Brad has worked for both government and NGOs at senior levels, in concert with the private sector, designing and implementing innovative conservation and sustainability initiatives.
Most recently Brad was Senior Vice President in charge of the Oceans program at WWF-US; Regional Director Americas for the Marine Stewardship Council; and Executive Director of the Puget Sound Action Team, Office of the Governor in the State of Washington. He has held other conservation leadership positions in the Southwest US and started his career working in Latin America to integrate sustainable resource use into large parks and protected area projects.
Brad is passionate about the need to recognize the climate emergency we are living in and to take action across a number of fronts to address and arrest the dangerous curves we are seeing, with a focus on the ocean.