To help youth worldwide connect during the pandemic, we developed Youth-a-thon for June 2020 and a created a second one for June 2021. A 24-hour livestream event, this unique event allowed young people 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 blue planet, with our one shared ocean and climate.

Each Youth-a-thon ran for 24 hours, with 24 one-hour sessions and 24 interrelated topics on conservation,  exploration, climate change, art, environmental justice, plastic pollution, creative writing, storytelling, 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 to protect our planet now!

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Check out the Youth-a-thon videos:

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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”