Protect at least 30% of our lands, waters and ocean by 2030
The 30x30 campaign supports the national and global movements to protect at least 30% of our blue planet's land, waters and ocean by 2030. Thanks to recent victories, there is great momentum to protect and restore our ocean, and help stabilize the climate.
There is now a new global goal under the Convention on Biological Diversity and a national goal in the United States as part of the “America the Beautiful” initiative. With thanks to the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, The Ocean Project has made 30x30 an organizational priority since 2019.
Globally, we have incorporated 30x30 into World Ocean Day as the Conservation Action Focus every year since 2020 and are doing so again for 2023. We help coordinators from a wide array of organizations, ranging from schools and clubs to aquariums and zoos, incorporate 30x30 into their online and in-person events, making great use of the tools and resources, such as the Event Planning Toolkit and in previous years the online petitions created in collaboration with the Campaign for Nature. Those petitions have enabled organizations and individuals alike to call on world leaders to support the 30x30 goal, with more than 1,100 organizations from 80 countries signing in a critical show of support prior to the UN Biodiversity Conference (COP15), where the goal was adopted in December 2022. Please review our 30x30 Annual Update 2022.
In the U.S., we recently coordinated a working group that identified and developed tools and resources to help zoos, aquariums and science museums understand 30x30, effectively raise public awareness, document public opinion and inform policymakers about 30x30, all in keeping with the approach to achieving the goal under the “America the Beautiful” initiative. The 30x30 working group was comprised of Frost Science, National Aquarium, New England Aquarium, Philadelphia Zoo, San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance and Seattle Aquarium, as well as advisors from the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA), the Aquarium Conservation Partnership, National Ocean Protection Coalition, and a specialist on issues of diversity, equity and inclusion. The working group efforts built upon many years of research, as well as the successes and lessons learned of numerous visitor engagement campaigns that The Ocean Project has conducted in partnership with zoos, aquariums and science museums.
During this campaign, 200 zoos, aquariums and museums from communities in all 50 states signed a letter -- that we delivered to leaders in the Biden-Harris Administration and Congress -- expressing support and appreciation for the way the United States plans to pursue the goal of 30x30 as part of the "America the Beautiful" initiative. An example of how zoos, aquariums and museums have been successfully incorporating 30x30 messaging into their outreach can be seen in this video by the Philadelphia Zoo.
While these tools developed with the working group are focused on advancing ocean conservation in the U.S., they can be easily adapted for use by zoos, aquariums and science museums advancing nature conservation efforts around the world.
Background essentials (See also the "Messaging Kit" below)
- One-page overview of the issue, the approach of the aforementioned working group, and the opportunity for zoos, aquariums and museums to get involved
- Short summary of the science behind 30x30 with links to the original sources, courtesy of Protect 30x30, as well as a summary of the scientific literature in support of 30x30 and MPAs.
- One-page summary of national polling data with links to the original sources
- Factsheets on 30x30 - General fact sheet and Ocean-specific fact sheet
- "Conserving and Restoring America the Beautiful" - the national vision document for achieving 30x30
- Year One Report America the Beautiful, December 2021
Tools for raising public awareness
- 30x30 Messaging Kit (updated January 2023) - This document includes talking points and responses to tough questions, as well as general messaging guidance, specific suggestions for social media, sample scripts for in-person engagements, and more.
- Videos to introduce and explain 30x30 - These videos were scripted by this working group on 30x30, edited by the team at San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance, and approved by both AZA and ASTC as a way to help zoos, aquariums and museums raise awareness of 30x30, speak about local conservation efforts in the context of 30x30, and/or ask visitors to take action in support of 30x30. These videos are available to use free of charge through July 2023 (at which point some of the rights do expire)
- Examples of targeted opportunities - We developed guidance and resources to help zoos, aquariums and museums engage their audiences when opportunities arose, including creative ways to raise awareness around events and holidays, such as the following:
- February 2023 - Posting another round of "love notes to nature" on Valentine's Day
- December 2022 - Supporting the PRI Coalition's proposal to expand, rename, and co-manage the Pacific Remote Islands Monument
- December 2022 - Amplifying the call for a global commitment to the goal of 30x30 during the UN Convention on Biological Diversity's COP15
- October 2022 - Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the National Marine Sanctuary System, including with "happy anniversary" messages from aquarium and zoo leaders, such as this example from Bridget Coughlin, CEO, Shedd Aquarium
- July 2022 - Supporting the America the Beautiful Initiative on July 4
- June 2022 - Encouraging conservation action at the 2022 UN Ocean Conference
- April 2022 - Supporting conservation action at the Our Ocean conference being hosted by the Republic of Palau and the United States
- Templates for banners and posters - Designed to help zoos, aquariums and museums raise public awareness, the banner and poster templates enable each organization to insert its own photos, logos, and links while remaining consistent with the overall messaging. For those interested in emphasizing the global movement for 30x30 or linking to efforts under AZA SAFE please note that alternative wording for the banner, poster and postcard templates referenced below can be found here.
For InDesign templates of these banner options, click here.
For InDesign templates of these banner options, click here.
Tools for documenting public opinion
- Recording Visitor Views - Five zoos, aquariums and museums collaborated to complete a pilot project, asking visitors to share their views on advancing conservation in keeping with 30x30, and then with the help of a professional editor created video compilations that are being successfully shared with local and national audiences alike.
- Templates for Postcards - Postcards have proven to be a simple yet highly effective way to gather visitor input. Please consider asking your audiences to share their views by signing a postcard that your organization, in turn, can collect and share with local or national leaders.
For InDesign templates of these postcard options, click here.
Tools for informing policymakers
- Sample LTEs - Two templates, one for ocean and one for land focus. These templates can be tailored for your specific region, audience and emphases.
- Sample Op-ed - A template that combines both ocean and land-based conservation for you to tailor to your area and for your audience.
- Guidance for Engaging with Policymakers - A short overview with tips on how to engage with policymakers and advance your mission.