A monthly update for growing the global youth movement
One Ocean, One Climate, One Future – Together!
Organization Spotlight:

For more than 20 years, the Peruvian organization ORCA (Organization for Research and Conservation of Aquatic Animals) has been working towards ensuring a balanced relationship between humans and the marine ecosystem. The group works to integrate the ideas of conservation into local communities, to promote sustainable development & a healthy relationship between humans and the ocean. With seven different educational programs, aimed at students from kindergarten age all the way through college, ORCA is ensuring that young leaders in Peru are equipped with the skills they need to help the ocean thrive. Learn more here.
Youth Spotlight:

Shanjeevan Amalanathan is a 21 year old ocean advocate from Sri Lanka, and alum of the World Ocean Day Youth Advisory Council. He is the co-founder of OceanBiome, a community of dedicated ocean leaders with a mission to tackle pressing marine issues, by creating innovative technologies and promoting ocean literacy. Their goal is to empower the marine science community, citizens who rely on the ocean for their livelihoods, and encourage the participation of local communities in marine conservation. Shanjeevan is dedicated to making a positive impact in his country and motivating the upcoming generation to create a world where the ocean doesn't need protection. Connect with Shanjeevan here.
Upcoming Events & Opportunities
Here are a few more ways you can get more informed and involved:

  • Young Pacific Leaders TechCamp for Climate Action- The TechCamp will take place October 29-31, 2022 in Auckland, New Zealand. The camp will bring young leaders from across the Pacific together with regional and U.S. leaders in the field of climate science and science communication to identify innovative approaches to climate resiliency and mitigation. Applications due by 19th August.
  • Ocean Changemakers Challenge - The third annual Ocean Changemakers Challenge is a competition showcasing students, early career professionals, researchers, and entrepreneurs working to develop business solutions to ocean-related sustainability challenges. Submissions due by 19th August.
  • Youth Advisory Council for the UN Ocean Decade - Council members represent youth voices around the country, take action for the youth they represent, and are supportive of one another in doing so. Open to youth leaders ages 16-23, residing in the USA, Guam, American Samoa, U.S. Virgin Islands, CNMI, Puerto Rico, and the Marshall Islands. Applications due by 24th August.
  • WWF US Conservation Leader Award - Recognizes young leaders ages 18-30 who are making outstanding contributions for the environment in their community, leading initiatives across issues including climate change mitigation, environmental justice, biodiversity, wildlife conservation, food waste, habitat protection, and more. $5,000 award. Applications due by 1st September.

  • Ocean Exchange 2022 Collegiate Awards - $10,000 USD given to the solution that advances our understanding of the ocean & helps minimize our impact on these resources, resulting in more resilient bodies of water and healthy marine life. 8 finalists will be invited to present at Ocean Exchange in Fort Lauderdale, FL 23-25 October 2022, in front of 150 delegates from business, NGOs, academia, and government. Submissions due by 26th September.
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This monthly update supports youth-focused organizations and emerging leaders by connecting and empowering youth across the globe. It reaches subscribers in 150 countries. Powered by the collective action of all, together we can grow a movement for a more equitable & sustainable society and a healthy blue planet!