Youth Taking the Lead for Conservation Action

In the summer of 2016, Phillipe Cousteau, grandson of legendary explorer Jacques Cousteau, recognized youth as “the hope for our oceans.” Across the globe, there is an ever-growing group of young and passionate leaders with confident “can-do” attitudes ready to make positive changes for our planet. Today more than ever, these youth are involved in […]

Youth Making Waves for Ocean Conservation

2016 brought a variety of challenges and triumphs for our oceans. While the world faced the hottest year on record and Australia’s Great Barrier Reef suffered from its largest coral bleaching event, we were still able to celebrate the establishment of the largest marine protected areas on earth in Hawaii and Antarctica, and cities and […]

Rising Up for the Ocean

  Growing up on the coast of Florida, I had the chance to connect to unique marine environments and their inhabitants at an early age. Experiences with my family exploring Florida’s water resources, and learning more about these habitats through summer camps and education programs prompted my first interest in the wonder of the ocean. […]

Happy World Oceans Day!

Feliz Día Mundial de los Océanos!   ハッピー世界海洋デー   سعيد اليوم العالمي للمحيطات Vrolijk Wereld Oceanen Dag! Bonne Journée Mondiale de l’Océan!     ਧੰਨ ਵਿਸ਼ਵ ਸਮੁੰਦਰ ਦਿਵਸ!       世界海洋日快樂 Feliz Dia Mundial dos Oceanos! Fröhlichen Tag des Meeres!     हैप्पी विश्व महासागर दिवस के अवसर!         Счастливый Всемирный […]

ISG+ Final Report: What we learned at the Oregon Coast Aquarium

This guest post by Teresa Mealy of Oregon Coast Aquarium is the final update on their Innovative Solutions Grants+ project, which put teens in the driver’s seat of a peer-targeted conservation campaign! Thank you and congrats to Teresa, Kerry Carlin-Morgan, and everyone at the Aquarium for your great work. Letting youth lead the way  The […]

ISG+ New Project: Teens at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden take action “all the way to the ocean”

This guest post, by Director of Education Elizabeth Clemens and Coordinator of ZooTeens and Scout Programs Syndi Castelluccio, from Riverbanks Zoo and Garden is the first in a 3-part series on their Innovative Solutions Grants+ project, which investigates how engaging with teens and receiving incentives can impact zoo guest behavior. Teen S.O.S. The Riverbanks Zoo and […]

Environmental communications lessons: always relevant

This is a guest post by Deb Kerr who has worked with The Ocean Project as consultant on youth engagement. Most of my talks lately have begun with a “Family Feud”-style question with an environmental twist. Relying on excellent research from The Ocean Project (TOP), I pose this question to the audience: “Americans said, ‘I […]

ISG+ New Project: NEAq ClimaTEENS creating a city-wide dialog for youth in Boston

This guest post by Heather Deschenes of New England Aquarium is the first in a 3-part series on their Innovative Solutions Grants+ project, which investigates how teen ambassadors can make a difference for their city’s green future. With support from The Ocean Project’s Innovative Solutions Grants and  Program, ClimaTEENS is a gathering of 15-18 year-olds that […]

Talking to Teens about Talking to Angry “Birds”

Deb Kerr on why teens who want environmental action don’t need to preach to the choir nor the critics. Relief. That’s the first reaction I get from teenagers when I start explaining the choir, congregation and non-believer model—relief to be off the hook and no longer under pressure to persuade and convert someone who is […]