What Does the Ocean Mean to You? To Two Young Explorers, It Means the World

On this World Oceans Day, the National Geographic Society is thrilled to announce the 2021 ArcGIS StoryMaps Ocean Challenge, an opportunity for youth co-hosted in partnership with Esri. Creating a StoryMap can empower young people to learn about the ocean, build their storytelling skills, and help protect our “beautiful big blue,” as National Geographic Young Explorer Gabby Tan calls it. Read on for a conversation about the ocean with Gabby, who is from Malaysia, and fellow Young Explorer Ben Somerville, who has lived his whole life by the ocean in the Cayman Islands. Continue reading What Does the Ocean Mean to You? To Two Young Explorers, It Means the World

Learn About the Ocean – Anytime, Anywhere

Less than eight percent of the ocean is protected, and yet the ocean covers 70 percent of the planet. The ocean sustains life for all of us who live here, including more than half of the air we humans breathe. We gain food, jobs, travel, recreation, knowledge, growth, and innumerable opportunities from the ocean, and yet we do not give back all that we take. With 42% of the world’s population under the age of 25, we believe that young people and – you – the educators who reach them are key to addressing our planet’s most pressing problems and sustaining a thriving planet. But our greatest stewards of the ocean are learning in classrooms right this minute, and whether they are learning along coastlines or far from the ocean itself inland, and here’s some inspiration for how you can do this for our ocean from fellow educators. Continue reading Learn About the Ocean – Anytime, Anywhere

We Grew Up With the Ocean. Now We Are Protecting it for Future Generations.

In this post, two youth from island communities, Alvania Lawen and JinNam Hopotoa, share their perspectives on ocean conservation. Both live in locations with marine protected areas that National Geographic’s Pristine Seas helped to establish. Continue reading We Grew Up With the Ocean. Now We Are Protecting it for Future Generations.

Here’s How I Am Taking Action for Our Ocean (And How You Can Too)

This post was written by #GenGeo community member and National Geographic Young Explorer Sruthi Gurudev. I am not a scientist. But I am a reader. My first dives into the ocean’s depths were through books and beautiful photographs. Growing up in landlocked Chicago, I felt so far away from the ocean. I immersed myself in written pieces about strange and fascinating creatures who lived beneath … Continue reading Here’s How I Am Taking Action for Our Ocean (And How You Can Too)

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