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ANNOUNCEMENT: Introducing the Community Ocean Engagement Global Initiative
8 June - 31 July
The Ocean Foundation is proud to launch our newest initiative, the Community Ocean Engagement Global Initiative (COEGI), today on World Ocean Day 2022.
Ocean literacy is an essential and prerequisite component of the ocean conservation movement. Over the past 20 years, The Ocean Foundation has moved more than $16M into the area of ocean literacy. We have been reaching out to underserved populations, supporting international dialogue, and cultivating relationships to promote global ocean awareness since our organization’s inception. Today, we are proud to introduce the Community Ocean Engagement Global Initiative (COEGI), which is dedicated to supporting the development of marine education community leaders and empowering students of all ages to translate ocean literacy into conservation action.
Our approach focuses on hope, action, and behavior change. Changing the way we train marine educators can help develop more ocean literate people. However, the solution is not as simple as just understanding more about our relationship with the ocean. When we know more about the ocean’s influence on us, and our influence on the ocean, this empowers us to incorporate conservation action from wherever we sit. By better equipping people to take action from their individual spheres of influence, and shift the way we train marine educators toward optimism and behavior change, we can create a multitude of pressure points that tackle the challenge of ocean health from various paths.