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National Geographic Pristine Seas Congratulates Community Solutions on winning the MacArthur 100&Change competition

National Geographic Pristine Seas thanks the MacArthur Foundation for the honor and opportunity to participate in the 100&Change competition. Washington, DC (April 7, 2021)—Today, the MacArthur Foundation announced the winner of the 100&Change competition, National Geographic Pristine Seas is honored to have been one of six finalists for 100&Change, the MacArthur foundation’s global competition for...

National Geographic Pristine Seas thanks the MacArthur Foundation for the honor and opportunity to participate in the 100&Change competition.

Washington, DC (April 7, 2021)—Today, the MacArthur Foundation announced the winner of the 100&Change competition, National Geographic Pristine Seas is honored to have been one of six finalists for 100&Change, the MacArthur foundation’s global competition for a single $100 million grant.

Congratulations to Community Solutions and the other finalists, Clinton Health Access Initiative & Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Project ECHO, Report for America and World Mosquito Program.

These six bold solutions address diverse and systemic problems that are critical to reimagining a future with a more just, equitable and resilient world for all.

“We are honored to be one of the finalists in the MacArthur Foundation 100&Change global competition. From everyone on the Pristine Seas team and National Geographic, thank you to the MacArthur foundation for the opportunity to strengthen our original proposal and ensure we design the most effective plan to reach our goal of protecting at least 30% of our ocean by 2030,” said Enric Sala, National Geographic Explorer in Residence and Pristine Seas founder.

National Geographic Explorer in Residence Enric Sala launched the Pristine Seas project in 2008 to explore and help inspire the protection of our ocean. Since its inception Pristine Seas has worked alongside local communities and governments to create 23 of the largest marine reserves in the world covering an area of 6.5 million square kilometers (twice the size of India).

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National Geographic Pristine Seas is an exploration, research and media project founded and led by National Geographic Explorer in Residence Enric Sala. The Pristine Seas team is comprised of determined scientists, policy experts and filmmakers who work to inspire the creation of protected areas where marine life can thrive—while ensuring effective management for years to come. Pristine Seas has helped to inspire the creation of 23 marine reserves, an area totalling over 6.5M square kilometers. Learn more at nationalgeographic.org/pristineseas.

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