How I Went From Fearing the Ocean to Protecting It

This post was written by #GenGeo community member Prashant Mohesh. Growing up in Mauritius, I loved to explore nature. Behind my house there is a mountain named Le Pouce, whose forest and trails I spent a lot of time wandering as a kid. However, my instinct for exploration stopped at the water’s edge. Even though Mauritius is an island country surrounded by the Indian Ocean, … Continue reading How I Went From Fearing the Ocean to Protecting It

Five Female Ocean Explorers

Meet a few of our explorers focusing on all things ocean! Check out our archive of Explorer Classroom events to meet even more. 1. Meet Sylvia Earle “Called “Her Deepness” by the New Yorker and the New York Times, “Living Legend” by the Library of Congress, and the first “Hero for the Planet,” Sylvia is an oceanographer, explorer, author, and lecturer with experience as a … Continue reading Five Female Ocean Explorers

How to be an Ocean Hero

Shannon L. Switzer Swanson is an award-winning photographer, published writer, and National Geographic Young Explorer whose work focuses on ocean conservation. There are many definitions of a “hero.” Each of us has our own personal opinion of the qualities a hero must possess and the people we personally consider to be heroes. I don’t know about you, but the idea of a hero as a … Continue reading How to be an Ocean Hero

National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey Special Collection: Treasure Trove of Ocean-Themed Classroom Material

The ocean covers 70% of the surface of Earth. It is a vital natural resource that produces food and oxygen, and has been key to trade and exploration for thousands of years. Despite this, our ocean is being damaged by overfishing, pollution, invasive species, acidification, and sea temperature rise. Ocean conservation will be one of the future generation’s defining missions. Photography courtesy of George F. … Continue reading National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey Special Collection: Treasure Trove of Ocean-Themed Classroom Material

Why Children Need To Care About the Ocean

This blog is written by outdoors family blogger Laure Latham, as a part of the Geography Awareness blog-a-thon.  When I started thinking about GeoWeek’s blog-a-thon, I considered the meaning of geography. In simple words, geography is the science of places and the relationships between people and their environments. It’s the land, the water, the people and everything else around. Based on that definition, I needed to know why geography … Continue reading Why Children Need To Care About the Ocean