A monthly update to inspire collaborative youth leadership and action for our blue planet
Monthly Youth Organization Spotlight

Save Philippine Seas (SPS) is a non-profit organization that aims to protect coastal and marine resources by mobilizing "seatizens" for collective action and behavior change. SPS's work focuses on environmental education, waste management, and shark conservation, and all initiatives hope to engage, educate, and empower its target communities. The majority of its projects focus on youth: Change the Current promotes climate education and action among students between 10-19 years old; Earthducation increases conservation literacy among educators; the Sea and Earth Advocates Summit provides micro-grants to youth-led projects; and the YSEALI Marine Accelerator Program builds the leadership capacity of youth across Southeast Asia. Learn more about SPS at www.savephilippineseas.org, Save Philippine Seas on Facebook, or @savephseas on Instagram and Twitter.
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World Ocean Day 2021– Less than 2 months to go!

Have you registered your World Ocean Day event, celebration, or activity yet? The 2021 goal is to have more youth-led and youth-focused events than ever before! Use the upcoming Earth Day as an excuse to reach out to local schools, NGOs, or businesses in the community to partner with for your World Ocean Day celebration. Also be sure to check out the NEW 2021 Event Planning Toolkit for inspiration and resources to help you plan and amplify your event, whether in person or online!
You can help protect 30% of our blue planet for a healthy ocean and climate in three quick steps!

  1. Sign now as an individual to support 30x30!
  2. If you represent an organization you can sign to support the 30x30 initiative as an organization and have even more impact!
  3. Share the petition link for individuals in your organization and network to sign.
Connect with Arya!

Meet all Council members
Meet the World Ocean Day Youth Advisory Council

Arya Yurdacan
Arya Yurdacan is a 19-year-old young entrepreneur from Istanbul, Turkey, and studying international business administration in Estonia. Living in an area very close to the water, plastic waste is an issue near and dear to Arya’s heart. She knows it's not enough to know a subject or have an idea for a project; it’s also very important to know how to turn it into action. 

So she created a start-up, Entella, and with her team invented a machine to combat pollution by collecting solid waste while also creating awareness. Entella was chosen as the JA (Junior Achievement) Europe Company of the Year and also received the FedEx Access Award for connectivity and sustainability.
Arya was also recently selected as one of Europe’s “20 under 20” which highlights some of the continent's most talented young entrepreneurs. She believes that everyone can be a changemaker, and has a deep passion for supporting young people in achieving their conservation goals.
Rise Up! Webinar
This month's webinar will focus on "The Sea that Never Sleeps: Ocean Conservation in an Urban Environment"

Join Youth Ocean Advocates from the New York Aquarium to learn about the biodiversity in the NYC Seascape and how these youth (and you!) can get involved in environmentalism and ocean conservation while living in an urban setting.
Youth-a-thon 2021

Save the date! Youthathon 2021 coming 5 & 6 June for World Ocean Day month!

Stay tuned for more...and in the meantime, click here to watch any or all of last year's 24 hours!
Upcoming Events and Opportunities
Here are just a few ways you can get more informed and involved:

Contact us if you'd like us to promote your upcoming event or opportunity!
This monthly update aims to support youth-focused organizations and emerging leaders by connecting and empowering youth across the globe with opportunities for positive action. It reaches subscribers in 140 countries and is part of a radically collaborative initiative. Powered by the collective action of all, together we can grow a movement for a more equitable, sustainable and healthy blue planet!