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When Dakota co-founded Heirs To Our Ocean (H2OO), it was a passion project for her at 10 years of age due to her strong interest in ocean life and wanting to know more.

As H2OO grew, she connected with and learned from youth from around the world who also wanted to see a better, safer future. At a very young age, Dakota understood that H2OO must be about youth protection, especially for those suffering the most now, with attention to the health of our planet and what the next generation is inheriting. Dakota is committed to H2OO’s mission of connecting youth in purpose and providing opportunities and resources to the greatest stakeholders of the climate crisis – youth everywhere.

Dakota has participated in many speaking and media events and presented for TED. She has raised awareness with performance art, such as this moving dance-based story about the climate crisis A Source of Hope.