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“When we launched the Pristine Seas initiative in 2008, our goal was to protect 20 of the ocean’s wildest places. Thanks to generous support from Oracle and our other donors, we were able to achieve this goal two years ahead of schedule and expand our conservation efforts to other endangered ecosystems.”
A healthy ocean is essential to sustaining life on this planet. Oracle is a longtime supporter of Pristine Seas, a National Geographic initiative that identifies, surveys, protects, and restores the last wild places in the ocean. Pristine Seas has carried out expeditions in 26 locations, 19 of which have since been protected, covering a total area of nearly 5 million square kilometers. We also support marine wildlife education and protection through The Marine Mammal Center and the Marine Science Institute.
We support nonprofit organizations that provide environmental education and immersive outdoor experiences to students, inspiring the next generation of environmental stewards and citizen scientists who will understand, care about, and protect the natural world. Our grantees include Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment, NatureBridge, and Save The Redwoods League.
In 2015, Oracle awarded The Nature Conservancy a US$1 million grant over four years in support of the Plant a Billion Trees campaign. This grant established a philanthropic legacy for Oracle OpenWorld—our flagship technology conference in San Francisco, California, with more than 60,000 attendees—by complementing the event’s sustainability goals, including carbon neutrality.
Oracle has been a major funder of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International (DFGFI) and its protection of gorillas in Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo since 1990. In 2014, we entered into a technology partnership, awarding a renewable grant of Oracle Cloud services. We host all DFGFI data—the world’s largest, most comprehensive longitudinal database of wild great ape population, plus media files—for free. Data is globally accessible to scientists at no cost and is leveraged in the Oracle Education Foundation’s data visualization workshops.
Proper waste management is essential to the health of all living systems. Our grantees include Wecyclers, a social enterprise in Lagos, Nigeria, that incentivizes waste recycling in densely populated urban neighborhoods, and the WEEE Centre in Nairobi, Kenya, which promotes public awareness of the environmental and health hazards of ewaste and educates the public about reuse, recycling, and safe disposal. Oracle is also a founding sponsor of California Coastal Cleanup Day, which has removed hundreds of thousands of pounds of trash from California waterways each year since 1995.
Protecting, enhancing, and advocating for California’s state parks.
Providing teachers with resources and practical activities to reduce water consumption, optimize energy efficiency, minimize waste generation, and collect and recycle water in schools.
Promoting sustainable development through environmental education.
Providing marine science education to the public, rescuing and treating stranded marine mammals, investigating disease, and disseminating data and knowledge globally.