Youth engagement is one of The Ocean Project’s top priorities. In addition to social media outreach (e.g. World Oceans Day on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest), we also collaborate with two important youth leadership groups, Sea Youth Rise Up and the World Oceans Day Youth Advisory Council, both of which were launched in the spring of 2016 in time for World Oceans Day 2016.
Almost half of the world’s population are youth. By supporting youth leaders, we are supporting the ocean leaders of the future. Youth advocacy is imperative in increasing youth conservation awareness and in making future initiatives for lasting conservation action successful. Working with our youth partners, we hope to promote the campaigns that young people have chosen to address, partnering across generations to fight climate change, habitat degradation, and marine pollution alongside the global population of youth.
The Sea Youth Rise Up campaign was launched in the spring of 2016 by The Ocean Project, the World Oceans Day network, the Big Blue & You, and the Youth Ocean Conservation Summit. It was designed as a platform for young people to rise up for our ocean, sharing the important work of young conservation leaders and inspiring a global audience of young people to understand the important leadership role they play in protecting the ocean. With World Oceans Day as their rallying point, the campaign brought seven young ocean conservationists from the United States, Canada, and the Bahamas to New York City and Washington D.C. for three days, allowing these incredible ocean advocates to share their message with world leaders and their peers. Check out the SYRU introductory post on our blog to learn more, or visit their website.
The World Oceans Day Youth Advisory Council, an initiative by The Ocean Project, will help advise our organization in expanding the impact of World Oceans Day on June 8th, growing the geographic reach of our network and creating opportunities for ocean conservation throughout the year. Council members will be instrumental in shaping the future of World Oceans Day with their fresh ideas and unique perspectives. Advisory Council Members gain valuable learning experiences, make connections with other young leaders, and put their networking skills to use, connecting more young people to opportunities for ocean conservation. For more information, check out the WOD YAC introductory post on the World Oceans Day blog.