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Breathe Like a Warrior: The Profound Lesson I’m Taking Into 2022

Although my COVID-19 Remote Learning Emergency Fund project did not launch as I had intended, it was still a success! Through all the challenges, I found a way to prioritize the needs of my students, accepting them, their circumstances, and the emotional state in which they showed up each day. Foremost, I met a humble man who graciously gave the gift of his time to help me navigate through the rough sea of life. Continue reading Breathe Like a Warrior: The Profound Lesson I’m Taking Into 2022

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Restore Our Ocean With the 2021 ArcGIS StoryMaps Ocean Challenge Winners

The 2021 ArcGIS StoryMaps Challenge for Restoring Our Ocean, co-hosted by Esri and the National Geographic Society, encouraged high school students, college students, and individuals between the ages of 18 and 24 to create impactful stories that illuminate our ocean’s pressing problems, offer solutions, and inspire change. Explore our six winners below. Continue reading Restore Our Ocean With the 2021 ArcGIS StoryMaps Ocean Challenge Winners

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The Ocean Separates These Young Storytellers. It’s Also What Connects Them.

In October, the National Geographic Society brought together 31 youth from 14 countries around the world for a virtual Photo Camp focused on the theme of ocean connections. We talked to three Photo Camp students to learn how the experience helped them develop their storytelling skills and empowered them to use their voices to make an impact. Morgan Dethlefsen is from Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands, Ciara Ratum is from the island of Oʻahu in Hawaiʻi, and Parwat Singh is from the Indian state of Uttarakhand. Continue reading The Ocean Separates These Young Storytellers. It’s Also What Connects Them.

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