goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
TEACHING GLOBAL GOAL 14: LIFE BELOW WATER
When he was just 16 years old, diving off the coast of Greece, Slat’s idea for ocean cleanup was born. "I saw more plastic bags than fish," says Slat. He was shocked, and even more shocked that there was no apparent solution. "Everyone said to me: 'Oh there's nothing you can do about plastic once it gets into the oceans,' and I wondered whether that was true." At just 17 years old, Boyan Slat founded The Ocean Cleanup in which he devised a system though which, driven by the ocean currents, the plastic would concentrate itself, reducing the theoretical cleanup time from millennia to mere years. Boyan Slat is the youngest-ever recipient of the UN’s highest environmental accolade: Champion of the Earth. Forbes included him in their 30 under 30 edition in 2016, and Reader’s Digest chose him as the European of the Year in 2017.
Here are just a few example resources you could use to learn more about Boyan's story and the Ocean Cleanup:
THE OCEAN CLEANUP
Children's Literature resources
What Is Coral Bleaching? | TIME
Watch this animated infographic to learn about how global warming, pollution, and overfishing are just some of the many toxic things that have caused coral bleaching, endangering the future of Earth’s ecosystem and society.
What Happens If All The Coral Dies?
Coral reefs are lively ecosystems populating our ocean, but what happens if they all die? What are the consequences? Watch this video to learn about what coral reefs are, their purpose, the current status and the consequences of their disappearance.
How to Care for the Ocean | National Geographic
Watch this video with your family and friends to learn small steps that have a big impact on the well-being of our oceans.
Ocean Acidification by the Alliance for Climate Education
Learn about how climate change is impacting our oceans, specifically in regards to how the ocean is becoming more acidic and the consequences of these higher acidity levels. The Alliance for Climate Education is the nation's leader in climate science education and we're excited to present this short on ocean acidification.
What really happens to the plastic you throw away - Emma Bryce [TED-Ed]
We’ve all been told that we should recycle plastic bottles and containers. But what actually happens to the plastic if we just throw it away? Emma Bryce traces the life cycles of three different plastic bottles, shedding light on the dangers these disposables present to our world.
A Plastic Ocean [documentary]
A Plastic Ocean is an adventure documentary shot on more than 20 locations over the past 4 years. Explorers Craig Leeson and Tanya Streeter and a team of international scientists reveal the causes and consequences of plastic pollution and share solutions.
Are You Eating Plastic for Dinner? | National Geographic
This novel 3-D animation dives into how our consumption of plastics has affected marine species deaths and increased human health risks, and it explores possible long-term solutions. Motion graphic artist Andreas Tanner uses his compelling infographics to educate viewers on all aspects of plastic production, consumption, and breakdown. He also offers ideas for alternative and sustainable buying habits to reduce our reliance on plastic.
The Great Barrier Reef May Be Dying Faster Than We Thought
The latest surveys spell more bad news for the Great Barrier Reef. Following a record high water surface temperature and mass bleaching event in 2016, the Australian icon may be on track for a similar event this year. Aerial and underwater footage from 2016 and 2017, shown in this video, shows the extent of the bleaching and die-off, which has already impacted large portions of the reef.
See How It Feels to Be an Ocean Animal Stuck in a Plastic Bag
Imagine being trapped inside a huge plastic bag. Each year, more than a million marine creatures and other birds and animals die from plastic trash. In the week leading up to World Oceans Day 2016, National Geographic took to the National Mall in Washington, D.C., with a plastic bag large enough to bring this issue to life at a human scale. This dramatization featuring National Geographic video staff simulates the experience of marine creatures that become trapped in plastic and can't escape.