Plan Your Event
Lectures and Readings
Sponsor a public lecture about the ocean by an environmental leader, educator, or scientist. Focus the lecture topic around this year’s World Ocean Day conservation action focus on protecting 30% of our blue planet by 2030, and/or a specific local issue of interest. Include a questions and answers session afterwards to encourage lasting community involvement. And no matter what the topic, everyone can help if you include the opportunity to sign the global “30×30” petition.
Alternatively, show a screening of an ocean lecture. Here are some interesting ocean lectures by the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History, a variety of ocean-themed TED Talks, and this TEDx Talk about the role that youth play in the climate movement! Again, provide everyone with the opportunity to sign the 30×30 petition. Together we can make a real difference!
Host a book reading (and afterwards a signing) with local authors who have written about the ocean. Local bookstores should be able to give you leads on who to contact in your area.
Alternatively, gather volunteers to read portions of an ocean book of your choosing such as:
- Blue Mind by Wallace J. Nichols
- Seas by Liz Cunningham
- The Ocean of Life: The Fate of Man and the Sea by Callum Roberts
- Intersectional Environmentalist by Leah Thomas
- Ocean Soul by Brian Skerry
- Ocean Country: One Woman’s Voyage from Peril to Hope in her Quest To Save the Seas by Liz Cunningham
- We Rise by Xiuhtezcatl Martinez
- World Without Fish by Mark Kurlansky
- Sea Change by Sylvia Earle
- All We Can Save by Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson & Katharine K. Wilkins