Project title: Building a National Ocean Literacy Strategy
Collaborator: Canadian Ocean Literacy Coalition (COLC)
The health of the ocean(s) is a global priority, signified by the UN’s Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030). The Government of Canada has announced plans to support the UN Decade, a decision that is in alignment with several bold government initiatives including (but not exclusive to) the Oceans Protection Plan, Ocean Plastics Charter, and Conservation 2020’s efforts to reach 10% marine protected areas by 2020. Each of these initiatives (and others), and the upcoming UN Decade, recognize the critical importance of ocean conservation, science and health, as well as growing a sustainable ocean economy over the decades to come. A unifying pan-Canadian strategy is critical to foster systemic change in the way Canadians, on a personal, daily basis, relate to the ocean – a relation known as “Ocean Literacy” (OL). Funded by MITACS Postdoctoral funding this IEL project is part of a Pan-Canadian study and consultation on ocean literacy. This research is developing a national OL strategy through a multisectoral regional consultative approach, guided by three questions:
- What is the current state of OL in Canada?
- What are the current gaps and barriers, by region and sector? And,
- What are key recommendations and implementation plan(s) to advance OL?
See — Canadian Ocean Literacy Coalition https://colcoalition.ca