Scientific research has concluded that we need to protect 30% of our blue planet by 2030 in order to safeguard the health of marine life and habitats. Yes, we need to put pressure on governments to take action and change policy but we can all do our bit to make a difference. In fact, working together we can all make a huge difference.
“Our actions over the next 10 years will determine the state of the ocean for the next 10,000 years.”Dr.Sylvia Earle, Marine Biologist & Conservationist
How you can take action to protect the ocean locally and internationally…
Local action to protect the ocean
Reduce your use of plastics: refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle
Reduce your carbon footprintand energy consumption: use public transport and turn off unnecessary appliances
Make sustainable seafood choices: check the label – is it ocean friendly?
Help take care of the beach: volunteer with an organisation such as Coolum Coast Care or simply pick up debris as you walk
Travel the ocean responsibly: be mindful of wildlife and never throw anything overboard
Campaign for change: support local campaign groups such as Coolum Coast Care and Great Barrier Reef Foundation to protect and rebuild marine areas
Educate yourself and your friends about oceans and marine life: the more you know, the more you’ll want to help ensure the health of the ocean – then share that knowledge to educate and inspire others.
Over the past few years, hundreds of primary schoolers have enjoyed our holiday sessions that inspire them to care for the ocean – now it’s time for the highschoolers to get in on the action.
Due to popular demand, our Marine Biologist for a Day program has been adapted to cater for an older audience who want a more in depth look at the world of marine science.
Students will have the chance to examine in detail our impact on the ocean including environmental stress on coral reef systems, water acidification and plastic pollution. We will discuss a wide range of ideas on how to better care for the health of our seas.
The aim of the program is to making learning fun and relevant, examining animal classification to discover how each creature fits into the aquatic world.
The program will be very interactive, with students observing the dissection of a dead fish to reveal the organ make-up and development of a mullet.
And our most popular feature will still be included – the chance to gently touch our living sea creatures – an opportunity that never gets old at any age!
This program will provide a valuable insight to the workings of the aquatic world for any high schooler who has a passion for the ocean or is considering a career in marine sciences.
But we haven’t forgotten the younger students – our classic Marine Biologist for a Day will still be running in school holidays – we’re just expanding the program to grow with your kids.