Green Oceans was founded in January 2023 by a non-partisan group of community members dedicated to combating climate change without sacrificing biodiversity or the health of the ocean.
We strive to protect the ocean and all the life it sustains. A healthy ocean is one of our best defenses against climate change. Protecting the ocean and biodiversity ensures our own survival.
We recognized the urgent need to advocate for the ocean when we discovered the harm that industrializing 1400 square miles of ocean waters with 1000 plus turbines off the coast of RI and MA will impose on this fertile yet fragile ecosystem.
Will industrializing 1400 square miles of pristine ocean with over 1000 wind turbines, all taller than any building in Boston, preserve the health of our ocean?
Will industrializing our oceans help climate change?
As citizens dedicated to combating climate change with real solutions, we aim to protect the ocean and all of the life it sustains, from the largest whale to the smallest plankton.
Over the past year, we have educated the public about threats to the ocean by presenting the information from the government's own documents.
After submitting multiple comments to BOEM, NOAA, and the state, we have finally escalated our efforts to protect the ocean by initiating a legal challenge at the Federal level.
We have filed a Federal lawsuit under the Administrative Procedures Act alleging that BOEM illegally approved the two offshore wind projects located on Coxes Ledge.
The nine offshore wind projects off the coast of RI and MA will industrialize 1400 square miles of ocean with over 1000 turbines, each between 873-1000+ feet tall. These developments will be situated 12.9 miles off the coast of RI, in Coxes Ledge, one of the most fertile marine ecosystems in the world. Rhode Island will only receive 1/18th of the electricity.
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management planning areas will cover almost 8% of the US continental shelf along the Atlantic Coast.
The Danish Oil and Natural Gas company (DONG) is now Ørsted. The Norwegian StatOil is now Equinor.
Te former Danish Oil and Natural Gas Company rebranded themselves as Ørsted.
Ørsted profits from burning coal.
British residents call Ørsted's impact an "ecological disaster."
Ørsted has two sets of visual simulations. The set they released to the public (bottom) does not show the turbines in the horizon, misleading the public about the visual impact.
These turbines will be over 873 feet tall, taller than any building in Boston. They have never been tested for reliability in hurricane-force winds.
The developers turn the wind projects into LLCs, disassociating themselves from the legal and financial liability. Who will pay?
If costs continue as they have for South Fork Wind, the build-out of 9 projects with over 1000 turbines will cost over 100 BILLION dollars. What will this do to electricity rates?
Coxes Ledge is a terminal glacial moraine, a complex geological formation that supports a diversity of marine species equivalent to a coral reef. Teaming with life, it hosts the endangered North Atlantic right whale during the winter months and is one of the most productive fisheries in New England. https://www.northeastoceandata.org/
Coxes Ledge is one of the only remaining spawning grounds for Southern New England Cod and a winter foraging regions for 5 endangered whale species. NOAA is in the process of designating it a habitat of particular concern.
Siting offshore turbines and the accompanying inter-array cables on Coxes Ledge will destroy this fragile ecosystem, will threaten the survival of Southern New England Cod, and will risk driving the North Atlantic right whale into extinction.
Scientists at NOAA have repeatedly warned BOEM, the government agency that permits offshore wind projects, that constructing offshore wind on Coxes Ledge could drive Atlantic cod to extinction. Yet, the US government has repeatedly ignored their warnings. -Letter from NOAA to BOEM
BOEM ignores the risk to cod and permits both projects regardless of NOAA's concerns.
Co-founder and President
As the president of Green Oceans, Dr. Elizabeth (Lisa) Quattrocki Knight brings scientific expertise and dedication to the organization. Dr. Quattrocki Knight’s background in neuroscience and psychiatry enables her to recognize the crucial role that a healthy environment plays in promoting mental health and overall societal well-being. She employs her scientific expertise to develop evidence-based strategies to address the current tension between climate advocacy and marine conservation.
Dr. Quattrocki Knight's service on educational boards, including the Yale School of Management, the Yale Medical Alumni, American Repertory Theater, and the Stanford Parents Board has provided her valuable organizational experience. Through her leadership and background, Green Oceans has launched initiatives to raise awareness about the urgent need to protect the ocean and all of the life it sustains against industrialization. She advocates for climate solutions that will allow us to transition away from fossil fuels without compromising biodiversity and the health of the ocean.
Co-founder and Vice President
As an internationally renowned artist, Bill Thompson brings a unique and profound vision to Green Oceans. His communication skills allow him to touch the hearts and minds of diverse individuals with varied, even contrary points of view. His commitment, dedication, and passion have advanced the mission to advocate for responsible, safe, collaborative solutions to climate change. Deeply respectful of the power and beauty of nature, he works tirelessly to help protect our oceans for future generations.
As a devoted Montessori teacher, Charlotte nurtures young minds and cares about the world her students will inherit. In the classroom, she fosters an environment that encourages exploration, independence, and a genuine love of learning. Outside the classroom, she embraces the awe that nature brings to her life and brings her teaching skills to advance the mission of Green Oceans. Charlotte's commitment to education and her unwavering adoration for the ocean create a harmonious blend that fuels her journey to combat climate change while protecting the ocean against industrialization.
With an unwavering commitment to environmental conservation and a demonstrated track record in finance and startup enterprises, Bryan brings a wealth of expertise to his role as Treasurer at Green Oceans. Boasting a 20-year career in finance and two decades of experience working with smaller private enterprises, Bryan has adeptly navigated the complexities of the business world. This wealth of experience now converges with his profound passion for safeguarding our ocean environment.
Barbara Brink Chapman is a retired land use lawyer and educator, who has served as counsel to the New York City Planning Commission. A graduate of Princeton and University of Virginia Law School, she and her family have lived on Aquidneck Island for over 30 years, close to wetland habitats. When not resident in Newport she resides in Palm Beach, Florida and Antigua. She is an active native plant gardener in all three locations and serves on the Board of the Elkhorn Marine Conservancy protecting marine life on the eastern coast of Antigua. In addition she is involved in studying and mitigating beach erosion in and around Exchange Bay, Antigua.