The essence of Ocean Literacy is an understanding of the ocean’s influence on us and our influence upon the ocean.
Connecting ocean science and education for sustainable development
Ocean Literacy (OL) was born in the USA from an idea envisaged by a group of ocean scientists and education professionals who were aware that little or nothing was being taught at school about oceans. After the constitution of various committees and different meetings “Ocean Literacy: The Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts of Ocean Science” was born. The document identified the knowledge that an ocean-literate person, in the United States, should have by the end of secondary school (K-12).
Read for more informations “Ocean Literacy for All” Toolkit from UNESCO
In 2015 some participants from the Mediterranean region gathered at the 3rd European Marine Science Educators Association conference (EMSEA) in Crete to form the first EMSEA regional Seas Group. EMSEA-MED.
The regionals groups was set up with the aim of adapting the original USA principles to each regional sea’s specificity.
Eco Marine has joined the EMSEA-MED group that aims to raise Mediterranean citizens’ awareness of the specific features of this basin to deliver the objective of sustainable development consistent with the EU BLUMED initiative for Blue Growth and jobs in the Mediterranean.
The European Marine Science Educator Association (EMSEA) is an international non-profit organisation committed to boost ocean literacy in Europe. EMSEA provides a platform for ocean education in the different European regional seas.
Join the EMSEA or EMSEA-MED visit the website
The ocean faces great challenges because of Humankind and we are the only ones who can save the oceans and the planet.
Ocaen Literacy Principles
#1: The Earth has one big ocean with many features.
#2: The ocean and life in the ocean shape the features of Earth.
#3: The ocean is a major influence on weather and climate.
#4: The ocean made the Earth habitable.
#5: The ocean supports a great diversity of life and ecosystems.
#6: The ocean and humans are inextricably interconnected.
#7: The ocean is largely unexplored.