Have you ever wondered if underwater noise has an impact on marine life? Or how does climate change affect weather forecasts?
Ocean Networks Canada (ONC) at the University of Victoria has launched a national project to engage youth across Canada in the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030) while building amusing.
Developed by ONC in partnership with Girl Guides of Canada and Fisheries and Oceans Canada, the #OceanDecade Challenge offers a range of engaging ocean science activities that aim to educate young people about the crucial role Canada’s three oceans play – the Pacific, the Arctic and the Atlantic – play in their lives, contributing to food, transportation, employment, identity and culture.
The initiative reflects ONC and UVic’s commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
The games, hands-on activities and experiences are designed for all young people living in coastal and inland communities aged 7-12, although people of all ages are welcome to participate. Attendees can choose from a range of activities, including potted biology and predictable weather experiments, sustainable fishing and safe boating games, and ocean-inspired art projects. Teachers, youth workers and informal educators are encouraged to review ocean science resources to share with their groups.
Once groups or individuals complete the challenge, participants can receive a specially designed crest. Young people are also invited to contribute their ideas and share their inspiration for creating a sustainable ocean future.
“The #OceanDecade challenge encourages participants to discover how data, science and our choices contribute to the health of our ocean. We want young people to have fun, learn about the ocean and feel empowered throughout activity”, says Maia Hoeberechts, associate director of the ONC. learning and community engagement.
Through the #OceanDecade Challenge, Girl Guides of Canada members will help create a sustainable ocean future by sharing their ideas and inspiration in this exciting initiative. Girls’ empowerment in guiding to realize our vision – a better world, by girls – is enhanced by unique opportunities such as the #OceanDecade challenge.
—Girl Guides of Canada Statement
“Providing diverse young people from coast to coast with learning opportunities in science, oceans and climate change opens their eyes to possibilities they might not otherwise have considered. Our government continues its work to support girls in pursuing careers in STEM and helping them reach their leadership potential in ocean science,” said Joyce Murray, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard.
Join the challenge and make your voice heard by visiting oceandecadechallenge.ca.