RISE UP FOR OUR OCEAN
AND OUR FUTURE.
Launched on World Oceans Day in 2016, the Sea Youth Rise Up Campaign is a collaborative effort to empower and mobilize young people to stand up for the oceans.
As a seemingly untapped reservoir of ideas, voices, and passion, the youth of the world are essential to protecting the environment. The campaign selects the best and brightest youth leaders from around the globe and gives them the resources through which to impassion their peers. In 2016 alone, the words of the Sea Youth Rise Up delegation reached young people in more than 12 countries during their international live broadcast. Furthermore, the 2016 delegation played a part in the formation of the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts National Monument through a meeting with President Obama’s Environmental Quality Council.
The purpose of Sea Youth Rise Up is to create catalysts for change. With nearly half of the world’s population under the age of 25, it is imperative that young people step up as leaders at an early age -- engaged in a solutions oriented approach to ocean conservation. Our hope is to give a podium for which youth can express their ideas and magnify their environmental advocacy efforts.
Sea Youth Rise Up is a collaborative effort facilitated by The Ocean Project and the World Oceans Day network in partnership with the Big Blue & You and the Youth Ocean Conservation Summit, with support from NOAA, The Ocean Foundation and Wildlife Conservation Society. Support from the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation made this project possible.
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AMPLIFYING YOUTH VOICES
SEA YOUTH RISE UP is not a single organization. It's an INITIATIVE that provides a STRONG
PLATFORM for today's BRIGHTEST YOUNG MINDS who LOVE the OCEAN. Spread NEW
IDEAS that can WORK for the FUTURE of our BLUE PLANET. We are 100%
COLLABORATIVE and focused on TEAMWORK. OPEN to building EXCITING STRATEGIES
with like-minded individuals and organizations that fully engage the POWER of YOUTH.
The 2017 program kicked off the campaign with a Social for the Sea -- an inspiring evening of networking bringing together ocean conservation leaders of all ages at the Central Park Zoo hosted by the Wildlife Conservation Society on June 3. The 2017 Sea Youth Rise Up delegation then attended the World Oceans Festival on June 4. There, they led an Ocean Advocacy March, highlighted solutions to critical ocean conservation issues through a Youth Rally for the Ocean which was broadcast live via Facebook, and met with global ocean leaders including heads of state and Dr. Sylvia Earle.
The Sea Youth Rise Up initiative received the World Ocean Festival's Turn the Tides Award, presented by the President of the United Nations General Assembly during the Festival, recognizing our work to elevate the role of youth leadership in the field of ocean conservation!
In less than a week, Sea Youth Rise Up campaign reached a social media audience of 208,667 accounts (not including retweets and shares that followed) specifically highlighting the importance of youth leadership in ocean conservation and our live broadcast. You can check out those results on Thunderclap.
Our LIVE Google Hangout attracted an online audience from twelve different countries including Greece, Pakistan, the Bahamas, Romania, Canada, Germany, Curacao, India, Somalia, United Kingdom, Montserrat and the United States.
Some notable mentions on social media came from EarthEcho International co-founder and president, Philippe Cousteau;author Richard Louv; JetBlue Airways; Mission Blue; Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom Host, Stephanie Arne; SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Animal Ambassador Julie Scardina; Society of Environmental Journalists President, Jeff Burnside; Youth Service America, as well as the Texas State Aquarium, New York Aquarium, Seattle Aquarium, Vancouver Aquarium, National Aquarium and other informal science centers across the country.