The first-ever Youth-a-thon was held in June 2020. A 24-hour livestream event, this unique event allowed young people around the world the opportunity to learn more about conservation efforts and environmental issues, connect with a global community of diverse change makers, and join the movement to take action to protect our shared ocean, climate, and blue planet.

Over the course of 24 hours, there were 24 one-hour sessions with 24 interrelated topics on conservation, art, environmental justice, plastic pollution, creative writing, storytelling, climate change, marine biology, activism, and more, each with a call to action! Throughout the 24 hours, youth were provided opportunities to help with the World Ocean Day annual Conservation Action Focus to grow the global movement to protect 30% of our land, waters, and ocean (30x30) and push national and world leaders to take action now!

Youth-a-thon 2020 was hosted by Andrew Brennen, National Geographic Explorer, Baylee Ritter, Youth Advisor with The Ocean Project, and Laura Johnson, Sea Youth Rise Up 2016 delegate.


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Check out some of the previous Youth-a-thon videos!

Click here to view the full list of 2020 videos.

Nia Burnett: “Discussion About Environmental Racism”

Caloncho & Andrea Quintero “Music and Our Connection to Water”

Gabrielle Martineau “Exploring Our Blue Planet”

Green Style and Clare Press “The Future of Fashion”