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Youth Empowering Youth

Welcome to the Ocean Action Page!

In this community you will find the activities, resources, and dialogues between youth across Canada and around the world - who have collaborated to make a difference in their communities, their schools and their countries. With the guidance of expert mentors as well as communicating with each others, youth around the world are taking up the challenge of conservation and impacting the world around them.

Explore through the different initiatives and see how much these incredible young leaders care about their world, their oceans and their communities.

Dear All,

On behalf of Ocean Wise and Return It , we would like to welcome you all to the Closing the Loop on Plastics Youth Dialogue. As some of British Columbia's most innovative schools, we are honoured to have you join in a dialogue over the course of the next six weeks to learn about and engage your communities, local and provincially, in the creation of a vision for the future of zero waste in BC.

The purpose of this program is to build conversations amongst the BC's youth about how they want to see the future of environmental health and sustainability cared for in the province, in order to enact change throughout their local schools, communities, and our cities. This year we will be focusing on the complex and constantly developing subject of Plastics. 

Each week we will explore a different aspect of our environmental challenge. On this interactive platform we will share our results and hear from expert mentors. These inquiries will both challenge and deepen your understanding of this multi-sided environmental issue. By collaboratively contributing to this online classroom,  you will create a dialogue together that will, in turn, become action. 

Looking to register? Contact [email protected]

To get started, please complete the following pre-activities before our first guest expert on Tuesday October 27, 2020

Creating a Profile in the Virtual Classroom

If you have any questions about the online classroom, please read through the FAQs page 

We will be discussing the use of this space and the purpose of the dialogue more in detail when we first meet. If you have any questions in the meantime you may post them to this discussion forum, and one of the facilitators or your peers will be able to help. 

Welcome to the Closing the Loop on Plastics Youth Dialogue. We can't wait to get started!

Share your experiences and thoughts @OceanWise@OceanWiseEdu#OceanWise and @Return_It

Latest Announcement

Week 5: Ask the Expert with Laura Hardman!

Posted by Danika on November 24th, 2020

Laura Hardman leads the Plastic Free Oceans strategy at Ocean Wise. She manages our plastics program and brings together fantastic initiatives including the Great Canadian Shoreline Clean Up, Plastics Wise and The Microfiber Partnership in pursuit of our ambitious 2030 targets and ultimately to protect from the threat of plastic pollution. Laura has an LLB in Law and studied MSC Corporate Social Responsibility & Sustainability, as a post graduate, at Birkbeck University of London. Since starting a career in sustainability in 2011, Laura has worked for a number of multi-national corporations and become increasingly passionate about the theory systems change and impact metrics. Most of all she believes that we all have a role to play, and that we can all be a force for good.

Next week's challenge is all about the positive impact YOU can have. Start your COMMUNITY WASTE AUDIT for next week's discussion!

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