The Ocean Legacy Foundation (OLF) is a Canadian based non-profit organization that was founded in 2013 with the goal to end ocean plastic waste.
The foundation is led by co-founders Chloe Dubois and James Middleton, and is supported by a board of directors, technical advisory committee and hundreds of volunteers worldwide.
As an internationally recognized leader in plastic pollution response, OLF has rebranded their dynamic approach and solution-based platform in combatting plastic pollution under the new program title of EPIC on June 8th, 2019 during World Ocean Day.
In collaboration with Nestlé Waters Global, this international plastic management strategy will integrate existing and futuristic elements from OLF’s four pillars: Education & Research, Policy and Advocacy, Infrastructure Development and Cleanup & Restoration, to catalyze world-wide action around plastic pollution-free lands and oceans.
The purpose of the Plastic Pollution Emergency Response program is to target ecologically sensitive geographical locations and communities that have a plastic pollution crisis, as well as inadequate management capacity for solid waste and plastic pollution.
The goal of the program is to create an accessible platform to assist with the restoration of critical natural ecosystems for improved human and wildlife health, as well as assess and develop long-term plastic collection, processing infrastructure and policy to mitigate oceanic plastic pollution sources.
OLF will work with communities that are in a plastic pollution crisis through an Emergency Management System (EMS) that incorporates mitigation, prevention, response and recovery measures. The EMS will take a systematic approach towards hazard assessments, identification and strategic planning to minimize the impact of risks to marine life, property, and the environment. This system provides the foundation for coordinating and integrating all activities necessary to build, sustain, and improve the capability and capacity to mitigate against, prepare and plan for, respond to, and recover from threatened or actual plastic disasters.
The EMS is supported by the four E.P.I.C. pillars that are interlinked to help guide a community towards sustainable plastic management solutions when faced with a plastic crisis.
Ocean Legacy works with scientists, government, non-profits, artists, industries and concerned citizens to catalyze innovative solutions to combat plastic pollution. By working together, we create tools for communities around the world to help them clean up and manage their post- consumer plastic by transforming it into a valuable resource.
We believe worldwide change begins with dedicated, well-informed individual action. Our goal is to educate the public about the plastic crisis we face, and foster a global movement to end plastic pollution. Anyone can fight the devastation being caused by plastic pollution, but we all need to understand the problem.
One of the major issues we have encountered is a lack of clear and accessible information about how plastics are made and the major health effects caused by consuming plastics. We all want to make informed decisions about what we buy and how we dispose of our plastics, but this information can be hard to find.