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Turning The Tides (TTT) is a grassroots nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization based out of Juneau, Southeast Alaska. It strives to raise awareness about ocean issues and to promote ocean-friendly practices, clean-up efforts, waste reduction and sustainability through various projects and events. One of our major undertakings is reduction of single-use plastics, such as plastic bags, bottles, containers, etc.

Our Vision

Inspiring hearts, minds and actions to restore a healthy ocean.

Our Mission

Foster an international culture that recognizes the interdependence of people and the ocean. Turning The Tides seeks to sponsor programs and activities that promote environmental awareness and cultural change. We promote the health of living systems, which support us and promote awareness of the connections between earth, ocean, plants and animals, including humans.

Significantly reduce marine pollutants via advocacy and action programs.

Our Principles

  • To respect traditional ways
  • To use finite resources consciously and with respect
  • To empower people to move from a throw-away toward a sustainable culture
  • To promote balance between privilege and responsibility
  • To learn by doing and to lead by example


TTT works for the benefit of earth, ocean and living things, including humans of this and future generations.

Executive Director

Dixie Belcher

Tax Status

501 (c)(3) — 509(a)(1) and 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)

Date of Establishment

Turning the Tides’ parent organization, Alaska Performing Artists for Peace, was established May 6, 1985, to open up channels for cultural exchange between Alaska and the former Soviet Union. On January 30, 2007, the name changed to Camai Cultural Exchange. “Camai” is the Yupik Eskimo word for “hello”. In 2005, Turning the Tides was founded under the umbrella of Camai Cultural Exchange, and on November 26, 2007, the name was changed from Camai Cultural Exchange to Turning the Tides.