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Celebrating World Ocean Day with the HundrED Community!

8.6.2019 | BY KATIJA ALADIN
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Today is World Oceans Day! It’s been exciting to see how many people are on board and riding the protect our oceans wave.  What’s been really cool is to read about the high involvement of youth in promoting and advocating for World Ocean Day. Find out what our HundrED community is doing to celebrate.  

 

What you can do right now to advocate for our oceans!

The World Ocean Day Organization has some amazing resources to encourage us all to get involved and protect our oceans.  Here are a few of their ideas on what you can do right now: 

  • Change perspective – encourage individuals to think about what the ocean means to them and what it has to offer all of us with hopes of conserving it for present and the future generations.
  • Learn – discover the wealth of diverse and beautiful ocean creatures and habitats, how our daily actions affect them, and how we are all interconnected.
  • Change our ways – we are all linked to, and through, the ocean! By taking care of your backyard and helping in your community, you are acting as a caretaker of our ocean. Making small modifications to your everyday habits will make a difference, and involving your family, friends, and community will benefit our blue planet even more!
  • Celebrate – whether you live inland or on the coast, we are all connected to the ocean. Take the time to think about how the ocean affects you, and how you affect the ocean, and then organize or participate in activities that celebrate our ocean.

 

What are our HundrED Youth Ambassadors doing to protect our waters? Here’s what Marigold from Canada & Kate from the US are doing.

I protect our oceans by using reusable cloth bags and not using plastic bags. I recycle as much as possible. I don’t litter. I use a stainless steel refillable water bottle. I try to buy things in bulk to save on packaging waste. I often buy second hand items instead of new.  - Marigold (Age 10)
In my town Napa California (USA) we’re very concerned about the environment. Most restaurants have stopped using plastic straws and containers; using compostable containers. All restaurants are starting to do this because if they don’t they loose business. In our groceries stores we’ve stopped carrying any plastic bags and to buy a paper bag it’s taxed. - Kate (Age 15) 

HundrED 2019 innovations are also celebrating World Oceans Day!

 Global Oneness Project  brings oceans alive in the classroom with their high quality videos and interactive lesson plans that engage students and adults. Check out this one:  The Ocean Inside!

World's Largest Lesson supports teachers by providing inspiring posters and lessons based on the Sustainable Development Goals.  SDG 14: Life Below Water is a great resource to continue the conversation about advocating for our oceans and the animals that live in them. 

Green School  student- led organization SOAP™ (Student Ocean Ambassadors Program™) is hosting an Ocean Day event in Bali!  WOAH festival brings together local and international presenters discussing ocean sustaribility followed by fun events in the water and sun.  Woah does that sound cool!  In the area?  Definitely worth a visit! 

So while you're out celebrating our oceans and advocating for their proctection, feel free to sing this catchy ocean song! I dare you not to sing a long.

 

ABOUT AUTHOR

Katija Aladin
Education Specialist & Researcher