Oracle Teams with National Geographic on Ocean Science Education

The National Geographic Society is one of the world's largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations. Founded in 1888, it works to inspire people to care about the planet. Over the last four years, Oracle has provided US$2 million to support the National Geographic Society's Ocean initiative, aimed at reversing ocean degradation through research, policy reform, and public education.

Many people are unaware that habitat destruction and overfishing threaten to catastrophically damage ocean ecosystems globally. One study in the journal Science predicted that if fishing continues at current rates, all the world's fisheries will collapse by 2048. Scientists suggest that 20 percent of the Earth's oceans should be protected, yet we currently preserve just 1 percent.

Oracle supports the public education aspect of the Ocean initiative. Our funding has enabled National Geographic to:

The Giant Traveling Map program reaches more than 300,000 students annually. The giant map provides a basketball-court-sized learning environment with specially-designed curriculum materials to engage students as they have fun exploring the ocean. Oracle Volunteers brought the Pacific Ocean map to more than 8,000 students at 20 schools in FY12.