Skip to the content

Vision and Mission for the Goes Foundation team

All life on Earth depends upon healthy Oceans

Our Vision Statement

Our vision is to restore the health of our oceans, mitigate climate change, and bring our planet back to is natural condition before the Chemical Revolution started with the production of toxic forever chemicals and plastic in the 1950’s. Marine plankton are the lungs for the entire planet, but we have polluted the oceans and poisoned more than 50% of all life. In 25 years the Oceans will be destroyed, 2 billion people will starve and agriculture will collapse.  We can recover the oceans and this is the Mission of the GOES Foundation.


We will lose the oceans in 25 years unless we are successful in our mission

Mission statement

90% of all life on earth live in our Oceans. They have the capacity to reverse climate change and act as a massive carbon sink for the planet. Over the last 60 years, pollution from toxic chemicals and micro-plastics have destroyed more than 50% of all ocean life, and in 25 years it will be 75%. If we had not polluted the oceans, we would not have climate change.

The issues are anthropogenic but not directly due to climate change but to the discharge of toxic chemicals and micro-plastics into the oceans that are killing the plankton dropping marine productivity by 1% year on year and preventing the sequestration of carbon dioxide. The dissolution of carbon that is not assimilated now forces a pH down, and when this hits the tipping point of pH 7.95 in 25 years, there will be a toxic chain reaction which will kill all the coral reefs, whales, sea birds, seals, fish and food supply for 2 billion people.

We can still fix the problem, but it is not carbon dioxide we need to be worried about, it is plastic and photo-active lipid soluble chemicals such as Oxybenzone made by just 5 companies in the world. 70,000 tonnes of this chemical would wipe out all life in the Oceans, global production is 300million tonnes / year. Oxybenzone is a UV stabiliser in sun block for cosmetics, 1% in plastic, in paints, furniture, carpets. Just about everything contains this toxic chemical. If we simply stop making this product and discharging plastic into the air, soil and water over the next 10 year, we could save the planet. 

If we fail in our mission to achieve this task, life is radically going to change and the survival of humanity will be at risk.

Life on earth depends upon healthy Oceans, we have 10 years to stop toxic chemical pollution, or life on earth may become impossible

Dr. Howard Dryden, CSO

Goes Foundation

Roslin Innovation Centre
The University of Edinburgh
Easter Bush Campus
Midlothian EH25 9RG