Harnessing the power of the many

Mission: Working collaboratively to advance marine protection and social enterprise

The Gallifrey Foundation practices “venture philanthropy”
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About

Ocean

The Gallifrey Foundation seeks to identify collaborative opportunities to tackle the most pressing ocean conservation issues facing us today. There are many organisations already deeply involved in the issues we care about and our mission is to assist them by identifying synergies that could be exploited and roadblocks that could be overcome by working together. Our model of engagement is to partner with organisations.

The Gallifrey Foundation practices “venture philanthropy”

This is characterised by:
• Focusing on measurable results
• Building capacity with a long term view
• Willingness to experiment and “try new approaches”
• Contributing financial, intellectual, and high personal involvement

Education

The Gallifrey Foundation seeks to foster social enterprise, applying commercial strategies to improve human and environmental well-being, rather than simply maximising profits for external shareholders. The Gallifrey Foundation supports several scholarships for a variety of students from primary, university and post-graduate education. In addition, the Gallifrey Foundation supports selected research in social enterprise.

We encourage collaboration between other organisations to:

• Eliminate overlapping efforts
• Fill the gaps where they exist
• Achieve our mutual objectives through collaboration

The Gallifrey Foundation does not solicit funds or grant proposals.

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Key Issues

Arctic

▷ PLAY

Only the Arctic Ocean, hasn’t been fished, polluted, drilled or polluted. Let’s keep it that way.

Climate Change

▷ PLAY

At the front line of climate change, the ocean plays a central role in regulating the Earth’s climate.

Deep Sea Mining

There are sources of minerals in the deep sea but we must first understand how to manage and mitigate the risks that come with extracting them.

Plastic Pollution

Our demand for plastic creates an environmental and public health nightmare. The impact affects the creatures of the sea and humans.

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Oceans

  • Blue Carbon - Mind the Gap
  • Deep Sea Mining
  • Plastic Free Campus and Carbon-Free Campus
  • Primary Micro-Plastics in the Oceans
  • Health Issues Infographics
  • Marine Education Comic Books
  • Resources and Downloads
  • Previous Projects

Blue Carbon - Mind the Gap

 

There are robust scientific methods to measure carbon sequestration.  There is substantial interest to invest in carbon sequestration projects for carbon offsets.  Why has this not translated in many successful, on-the-ground blue carbon projects?  The failure to resolve this puts too much at risk.

Why is there is a gap between supply and demand?

This paper summarises the key challenges to the development and replication of blue carbon projects and proposes specific comprehensive action.  Many of the issues covered can apply equally to terrestrial carbon offset programmes and should be considered in that context.

Blue Carbon, i.e. the amount of carbon stored and sequestered in coastal habitats like mangroves, salt marshes and sea grass, is one of the most effective stores of carbon, up to five times more than terrestrial forests per hectare.  There is great potential in preserving these coastal habitats and greater danger if we do not.

Mangroves offer protection against more frequent and stronger tropical storms. They support rich biodiversity in addition to being one of the most effective stores of carbon on this planet.

Over a third of mangroves have been destroyed since 1980 to make charcoal, build houses, create aquaculture ponds and tourist infrastructure. This has released tens of millions of tonnes of carbon.

There is an urgent need to preserve the existing carbon stocks that would be released if the mangroves and other coastal habitats were destroyed. How can we accomplish this?

 

Download Report

Deep Sea Mining

When we ask ourselves to consider if we have been good stewards of our natural resources we must admit we have not always lived up to our potential.  There is, however, one area where it is not too late and where we have the chance to get it right – the deep sea.  This report lays out the issues and suggests a responsible way forward.

Download Report

INFOGRAPHICS

ECOSYSTEMS MINERALS GOVERNANCE THE WAY FORWARD

Plastic Free Campus and Carbon-Free Campus

The Gallifrey Foundation developed Plastic Free Campus to mobilise student action on single-use plastics consumption and create change at four levels: in the school, at home, at school events and in the community. The self-directed programme is available online and is free of charge.  The “PFC” programme is now available in multiple languages.

Now introducing a companion programme using the same pedagogical process, Carbon-free Campus gives schools and students the tools to assess their carbon footprint and to take tangible action to reduce this

Primary Micro-Plastics in the Oceans

Plastic has penetrated everyday life: from clothing to coatings and from transport vehicles to cleaning products. The disadvantages of plastics however are becoming more and more visible. Large quantities of plastics leak into rivers and oceans, with adverse effects to marine ecosystems and related economic activities

Plastic wastes include all size residues, from large visible and easily removable items, to small invisible particles. This report investigates the sources of primary microplastics; i.e. microplastics that are directly released into the environment as small plastic particles (< 5 mm size).

Download Report

Health Issues Infographics

POPs (Persistent Organic Pollutants), such as pesticides and PCBs that bind with micro-plastics, are ingested by marine organisms and accumulate up the food chain.  This process, known as bioaccumulation or biomagnification, can also affect humans.

Some plastics used in food and drink packaging contain endocrine disruptors that leach into food and drink and are a potential time bomb. Already we are seeing direct consequences of certain additives and plasticisers on fertility and early pubescence.

These are urgent public health issues.
Please see more in the excellent report by CIEL.

INFOGRAPHICS  Available in three layouts and 2 digital formats, PDF and PNG:

HOW PLASTICS AFFECT US – WHAT CAN YOU DO?

HOW AND WHAT PDF                                       HOW AND WHAT PNG

ONE SUBJECT PER INFOGRAPHIC

1 EXTRACTION PDF                                           1 EXTRACTION PNG
2 MANUFACTURE PDF                                      2 MANUFACTURE PNG
3 CONSUMPTION PDF                                       3 CONSUMPTION PNG
4 WASTE PDF                                                        4 WASTE PNG

ALL SUBJECTS ON ONE A3 INFOGRAPHIC – DIFFERENT COLOURS W/FOOTNOTES

A3 PORTRAIT TRANSPARENT PDF               A3 PORTRAIT TRANSPARENT PNG
A3 PORTRAIT SKY BLUE PDF                          A3 PORTRAIT SKY BLUE PNG
A3 PORTRAIT BLUE PDF                                    A3 PORTRAIT BLUE PNG
A3 PORTRAIT GREEN PDF                                 A3 PORTRAIT GREEN PNG
A3 PORTRAIT ORANGE PDF                              A3 PORTRAIT ORANGE PNG

ALL SUBJECTS ON ONE SCROLLING INFOGRAPHIC 

LANDSCAPE SCROLLING PDF                           LANDSCAPE SCROLLING PNG
PORTRAIT SCROLLING PDF                               PORTRAIT SCROLLING PNG

Marine Education Comic Books

The Gallifrey Foundation engaged PCI Media Impact to create a new comic series based on SDG Goal 14 – Life Below Water and distributed via Ministries of Education this project is helping to raise the profile of this issue in national curricula and encourage action to reduce marine debris. Behaviour change at a young age can instil habits and a sense of environmental citizenship for life.

DOWNLOAD IN YOUR LANGUAGE

Poseidon Patrol – the original

ENGLISH ARABIC CHINESE FRENCH
HINDI INDONESIAN RUSSIAN SPANISH

Poseidon Patrol – Reef Riders

ENGLISH FRENCH

www.comicsunitingnations.org
If you are interested in printer-ready versions of the comics, please write to: info@mediaimpact.org Poseidon Patrol – SDG 14.

Resources and Downloads

Deep Sea Mining

To lay out the issues and suggest a responsible way forward the Gallifrey Foundation has produced in collaboration with the IUCN “Deep seabed mining – A rising environmental challenge”.

INFOGRAPHICS

ECOSYSTEMS MINERALS GOVERNANCE THE WAY FORWARD

Plastic Free Campus

Plastic Free Campus has been developed to mobilise student action on single-use plastics consumption. The self-directed programme is available online.

Primary Micro-Plastics in the Oceans

Plastic wastes include all size residues, from large visible and easily removable items, to small invisible particles. This report investigates the sources of primary microplastics; i.e. microplastics that are directly released into the environment as small plastic particles (< 5 mm size).

Marine Education – Comic Books

A comic book series based on SDG Goal 14 – Life Below Water distributed via Ministries of Education to raise the profile of these issues in national curricula and encourage action to reduce marine debris. Behaviour change at a young age can instil habits and a sense of environmental citizenship for life.

DOWNLOAD IN YOUR LANGUAGE

Poseidon Patrol – the original

ENGLISH ARABIC CHINESE FRENCH
HINDI INDONESIAN RUSSIAN SPANISH

Poseidon Patrol – Reef Riders

ENGLISH FRENCH

www.comicsunitingnations.org

If you are interested in printer-ready versions of the comics, please write to: info@mediaimpact.org Poseidon Patrol – SDG 14.

SEA FEVER E-Book

The greatest danger to the oceans is not pollution, acidification or overfishing but the ignorance and apathy that allows these incidents to occur in the first place. To promote a better understanding of the oceans’ importance, the Foundation commissioned Sea Fever – People and their Ocean Planet.

Plastics Pollution – Azores 2016

Follow-up Report 2018

The Gallifrey Foundation funded the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) research project. Establishing a Baseline on Marine Litter in the Azores – AZORLIT in collaboration with IMAR Center of the University of the Azores, the Observatory of the Azores (OMA and the Regional Directorate for Maritime Affairs (DGRAM).

Plastic Pollution – Health Issues Infographics

INFOGRAPHICS
Available in three layouts and two digital formats, PDF and PNG:

HOW PLASTICS AFFECT US – WHAT CAN YOU DO?

HOW AND WHAT PDF                                       HOW AND WHAT PNG

ONE SUBJECT PER INFOGRAPHIC

1 EXTRACTION PDF                                           1 EXTRACTION PNG
2 MANUFACTURE PDF                                      2 MANUFACTURE PNG
3 CONSUMPTION PDF                                       3 CONSUMPTION PNG
4 WASTE PDF                                                        4 WASTE PNG

ALL SUBJECTS ON ONE A3 INFOGRAPHIC – DIFFERENT COLOURS W/FOOTNOTES

A3 PORTRAIT TRANSPARENT PDF               A3 PORTRAIT TRANSPARENT PNG
A3 PORTRAIT SKY BLUE PDF                          A3 PORTRAIT SKY BLUE PNG
A3 PORTRAIT BLUE PDF                                    A3 PORTRAIT BLUE PNG
A3 PORTRAIT GREEN PDF                                 A3 PORTRAIT GREEN PNG
A3 PORTRAIT ORANGE PDF                              A3 PORTRAIT ORANGE PNG

ALL SUBJECTS ON ONE SCROLLING INFOGRAPHIC 

LANDSCAPE SCROLLING PDF                           LANDSCAPE SCROLLING PNG
PORTRAIT SCROLLING PDF                               PORTRAIT SCROLLING PNG

 

Previous Projects

Sea Fever – E Book

The greatest danger to the oceans is not pollution, acidification or overfishing but the ignorance and apathy that allows these incidents to occur in the first place. To promote a better understanding of the oceans’ importance, the Foundation commissioned Sea Fever – People and their Ocean Planet.

Written by the Foundation’s Advisor on Marine Programs, Dr. Luc Cuyvers, Sea Fever – People and their Ocean Planet examines how we have used (and sometimes abused) the ocean throughout the centuries.

Plastics Pollution – AZORLIT

The Gallifrey Foundation funded the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) research project. Establishing a Baseline on Marine Litter in the Azores – AZORLIT in collaboration with IMAR Center of the University of the Azores, the Observatory of the Azores (OMA and the Regional Directorate for Maritime Affairs (DGRAM).  Completed in 2016 a follow-up report was produced in 2018.

Plastics Pollution – Maldives

The Gallifrey Foundation has collaborated with IUCN Maldives to carry out a local Reef Guardian project, a community-oriented project to encourage sustainable reef behaviour. Working with the Maldivian Ministry of Education, changes to the national curriculum are being proposed in order to better institutionalize education on this topic and encourage youth-led action.

Plastics Pollution – Jordan

The Gallifrey Foundation worked with Experience Jordan to develop plastic free hikes on the Jordan Trail. This has required rethinking how meals and water are sourced and delivered along this multi-day hike. Hikers have been encouraged to collect trash along the way.

As much as this may seem counter-intuitive, limiting plastic waste, even in the desert, makes sense because over the centuries as these materials break down into smaller and smaller pieces they will be flushed from the wadis and streams eventually into the sea. “Pick up a piece of litter in the desert and save a fish”.

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Projects

Research in Social Enterprise

A solution to the financial challenges facing micro-entrepreneurs in Ghana is the objective of a research project from London Business School led by Professor Rajesh Chandy, The Tony & Maureen Wheeler Chair in Entrepreneurship and Academic Director of the Business for Development Institute supported by the Gallifrey Foundation. The research project will identify the effectiveness of different loan products designed to give micro-enterprises the boost they need to become successful small and medium enterprises. Half of the businesses in the study are offered a ‘locked-in’ product, where the loan funds must be invested in business assets focused on enhancing productivity such as new equipment, inventory or vehicles. The other half of the businesses are offered the second ‘unlocked’ product, where the loan funds are unrestricted and the entrepreneur can decide how they would like to spend the money. The researchers will be tracking each of the businesses over time to compare the effects of the two loan types on how the entrepreneurs manage money, how their businesses perform, and how they and their families are affected by this.

The Salient

The Salient is a film about one of the most contested spots of the Great War: the half circle north and east of Ypres that protruded into enemy territory and became known as the Ypres Salient. Less than five miles wide, more than a million people were killed or wounded in this small area during four years of bitter fighting. In due time the Salient came to symbolize every description heard in conjunction with the Great War: sacrifice, courage, honor and duty just as much as chaos, slaughter, calamity and utter senselessness. The Gallifrey Foundation support allows the film to be made available at no cost to schools worldwide.  Click here for more information on the film and download links: The Salient

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Team

  • Antoinette Vermilye - Co-Founder
  • John Vermilye - Co-Founder
  • Luc Cuyvers
  • Kristina M. Gjerde
  • John Moorhead - Project Director Carbon-free Campus
  • Mark Beeston
  • Olga Navarro - Administrator Plastic Free Campus
  • Alexis McGivern - Emeritus

Antoinette Vermilye - Co-Founder

Antoinette has specialised on communications, marketing, graphic and interior design. She is passionate about marine conservation issues and has been an active participant in supporting the work of the IUCN, International Union for the Conservation of Nature. This includes a baseline study of marine plastics in the Azores, public awareness and action to reduce marine plastics in the Maldives and a study of micro-plastics in the oceans. She leads the Foundation’s Marine Plastics programme and the impact of plastics on human health.

John Vermilye - Co-Founder

A graduate of Harvard University and alumnus of the London Business School, John’s career has been built around the airline industry. He is the owner and Chairman of Travel Sentry which sets standards for the luggage and airline industry and provides solutions which benefit passengers, airlines, airports, security agencies and customs. John has been active in marine conservation issues since co-founding the Mare Nostrum Foundation in the 1980s and serves on the Board of Sylvia Earle’s Mission Blue.

Luc Cuyvers

A graduate of New College, Luc earned his Ph.D in Marine Policy from the University of Delaware. He is the author of several books on marine issues and produced a number of significant documentaries on ocean topics, including he Blue Revolution, Sea Power and Setting Sail. Aside from his media work, he is an Associate Professor at the Netherlands Maritime University, where he teaches a graduate course on Ocean Management and Marine Policy. Among Luc’s many published works are Sea Fever and the IUCN Report – Deep seabed mining – A rising environmental challenge. See Section 2 – Marine Protection to download these.

Kristina M. Gjerde

Kristina M. Gjerde is Senior High Seas Advisor to IUCN’s Global Marine and Polar Programme, adjunct professor at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, California, chair of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas High Seas Specialist Group and co-lead of the Deep Ocean Stewardship Initiative (DOSI), a multidisciplinary scientific partnership.

Kristina received her Juris Doctor from New York University School of Law with a focus on comparative and international law, and practiced admiralty law for several years in a New York law firm.

Kristina has authored or co-authored over 150 publications, many with leading ocean scientists.  Among Kristina’s recent articles are: “An Ocean of Opportunity” in Science Magazine; “The long and winding road: negotiating a treaty for the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction,” published by IDDRI; and “Protect the Neglected Half of our Blue Planet” in Nature.  From 2013-2016, Kristina was part of the EU funded MIDAS project—Managing Impacts of Deep Sea Resource Exploitation — and led development of the final report “Implications of MIDAS research results for policy makers: implications for future regulations.”

John Moorhead - Project Director Carbon-free Campus

John Moorhead is President of Drawdown Switzerland, a Climate Reality Leader and a board member of the Drawdown Europe Research Association. At Gallifrey he focuses on decision-making tools for accelerated climate action.  He is developing the content for Carbon-free Campus, the Climate Change successor to Plastic Free Campus. He has contributed blogs to The Economist Intelligence Unit’s Perspectives website and co-authored reports on climate performance in the private sector. John’s career spans over 30 years in general and marketing management, coaching & consulting. He holds degrees from Geneva School of Business Administration (DAS), IE Business School (MBA), and Cambridge University (BA) in Natural Sciences.

Mark Beeston

Mark completed a research masters at the University of Portsmouth, modelling pathways of carbon transport in mangrove systems. A former public aquarium curator, he has joined research teams in Singapore, Cyprus and the Colombian Amazon and regularly publishes articles on animal husbandry and aquatic ecology.

Olga Navarro - Administrator Plastic Free Campus

Graduated as a Civil and Environmental Engineer, Olga’s strong passion for the environment led her to earn a Master’s degree, gaining extensive experience in Water Project Management in Europe. Driven by sustainability – particularly for plastic pollution issues – she was instrumental in co-creating the Drop It, Re-think Plastic Campaign in the Middle East in 2016. She now manages the Drop it Youth Campaign from Switzerland, empowering students to raise awareness and take action on single-use-plastics. As a Coordinator for The Plastic Free Campus Programme Olga is delighted to combine her sustainability expertise and her current goals to make global impact.

Alexis McGivern - Emeritus

Alexis earned her MA in International Relations from the University of St. Andrews. Alexis is travelling the world before heading to Oxford to start her double Master’s MBA and Sustainability. You can follow her on Lexiseestheworld

During her tenure at the Gallifrey Foundation she was a Marine Programme Officer at the IUCN in a position funded by the Foundation. Amongst other Gallifrey projects she specialised in plastics issues, especially closing the tap and promoting zero waste and sustainability. She is the creator and lead on the Plastic Free Campus project which is now scaling across multiple sectors and geographies.

 

John Vermilye
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News

The latest from the Gallifrey Foundation

Press Release

 

Appeal to Swiss Parliament to take a leading role in securing a treaty to prevent plastic pollution

 

Geneva/Wädenswil, 16th September 2020: During the current autumn session, eleven Swiss organisations, representing 350,000 members and supporters, and concerned about the increasing impact of plastics and microplastics on the Swiss environment and human population, have urged members of Swiss Parliament and Government to take a more proactive stance in preventing plastic pollution and the need for assuring an effective global treaty.

During this year two important Swiss reports on microplastics have been released, a scientific study this year concluded that microplastics are present in large quantities in snow in the Swiss Alps and in the Arctic, while another report on plastic in the Swiss environment, demonstrates that up to 14,000 tonnes of plastic end up in our soil and waters every year. It is increasingly clear this is not purely a marine issue and the growing number will have an increased impact on our agriculture, our pristine countryside and our lakes and rivers – as well as on human and animal health.

Antoinette Vermilye, co-founder of the Gallifrey Foundation, says: “I am deeply concerned that the increasing reliance of plastic packaging and single use plastics is exposing citizens to unhealthy chemicals and additives (endocrine disrupters) inherent in plastics and bioplastics. These chemicals affect our hormones and have been scientifically linked to reproductive disorders, particularly infertility, obesity, diabetes and certain cancers. Switzerland has a chance to take the lead in ensuring the safety of its current and future populations and the health of the planet”.

Fabienne McLellan, Co-Director International Relations at OceanCare adds : “There is hardly any place left on the planet where we don’t witness the devastating impacts of our plastic legacy and single-use plastic footprint. The problem is far too big to be resolved by half-hearted, voluntary measures and to leave it up to the private sector to self-regulate. Also, we cannot recycle our way out of this problem. Switzerland has the opportunity to take a leading role in helping build an ambitious, visionary global framework to stop plastic pollution. I hope that the parliamentarians will step forward and request that urgent, ambitious, and global action is taken to address plastic across its lifecycle”.

Andrés Del Castillo, Senior Attorney at the Center for International Environmental Law concludes: “Plastic pollution is one of the greatest human-made threats our planet is currently facing, and it’s crystal (not plastic) clear that it is a growing concern for the Swiss population too, in addition to climate change and the decline of biodiversity. Plastic proliferation heavily contributes to global greenhouse gas emissions and climate change. Legal coherence and complementarity at the local, national and global level are necessary because you can’t solve the problem of climate change and biodiversity loss without tackling the problem of the full lifecycle of plastics”.

These groups are calling on the Swiss Parliament and Government to demonstrate its global leadership on this major concern of our time in the run-up to the fifth session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA5) scheduled to take place in February 2021 and are encouraging them to pursue a new global legally binding agreement to tackle plastic pollution leveraging their expertise in multilateral cooperation and coordination to a productive outcome on this issue.

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Partners

We work with others to foster collaboration and achieve our mutual goals more effectively

Mission Blue

The Klosters Forum

 

 

The Sargasso Sea Commission

IUCN

 

WWF International

 

 

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