The Ocean Today

The ocean comprises 71% of the earth's surface and is an integral part of every aspect of life. Throughout history, the ocean has connected our world through exploration, scientific inquiry and the exploitation of marine abundance. The physical ocean is essential to our well-being: as a source for fresh water, protein, energy, and natural resources. Without a sustainable healthy ocean, human survival is at risk.

Image: Mangroves Near Waitangi | Gordon and Julia Gardner

Cultural diversity affects our lives in countless ways every day – as a source of identity, conflict, crisis, context for civil discourse, community, and spiritual development. It is the outcome of thousands of years of contact among people of different customs, beliefs, ways of life and of human interaction with nature. The ocean has played a powerful role in this process throughout time - feeding us, connecting us, and shaping us as nations, tribes, and individuals.

Image Credit: Inle Lake Fisherman, Christopher Martin
 

Education is the primary tool for building public awareness and the inter-generational transfer of knowledge. The OCEAN CLASSROOM provides essential information about online resources, a catalogue of curriculum, profiles of ocean exemplars, ocean careers, and provocative and inspiring organizations and learning institutions. 

Image Credit: Ocean Classroom Foundation Archive

In January, 2014 we launched World Ocean Journal, a bi-annual e-magazine on ocean culture, issues and solutions to today's ocean issues. In this inaugural volume we included essays, interviews, art, exhibits and performances which profile some of the vital impacts of the ocean on our lives. With feedback from a reader survey we are working on ways to improve the magazine's design and function. Look for Volume II later this year.

 

Ocean & Climate | Programs & Services

New for 2014:World Ocean Journal

Update! World Ocean Journal launched earlier this year, a bi-annual e-magazine on ocean culture, issues and solutions to today's ocean issues. In this inaugural volume we included essays, interviews, art, exhibits and performances which profile some of the vital impacts of the ocean on our lives. Look for Vol. II later this year!

 

Ten Easy Ways to Use Less Plastic

Inspired by our friends at One World One Ocean, we've re-printed their list of ten easy things you can do today, right now, to make a difference and reduce plastic consumption and waste.

 

 

 

World Ocean Video on YouTube!

Visit our YouTube Channel to find a variety of relevant, cutting-edge, moving, beautiful and thoughtful original and curated content.
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Citizens of the Ocean

New! Citizens of the Ocean is an ocean-driven social movement to bring about change for a sustainable ocean. Take a moment to sign our pledge today! All you have to do is agree to a handful of personal commitments. Together as citizens we have the power to bring about significant and lasting change for our world and our ocean, one commitment at a time. 
 


 

Our Ocean Space

Attention Students & Teachers! Our Ocean Space is a web-based network for exchange of projects, art, audio/visual presentations and other imaginative formats, created and uploaded by young Citizens of the Ocean to share with their counterparts worldwide.
 

Subscription Services

Update! Join our growing list of partners—aquariums, science centers, maritime museums, universities—and receive original and curated films on major ocean issues ready for exhibits, kiosks, theaters, and other educational programs. Modules also contain an educational resource package and a publicity/analytics widget for your website.
 

The Sea Connects All Things

Update! This one hour lecture by W2O Director Peter Neill suggests actions, beyond the predictable conventions, for organizations and individuals to adopt as an innovative strategy for the future. It is available for presentation to college, school, and institutional audiences. For further information about lecture schedule and arrangements, please contact [email protected].
 

 

World Ocean Events

Theme-based presentations on key ocean issues, designed for students, teachers, and other interested Citizens of the Ocean.