Ocean Bridge connects Canadian youth from coast to coast to coast empowering them to make a difference towards ocean conservation. Each year 40 youth (ages 18-30) form a national team engaged in co-creating and delivering service projects for their home communities and two immersive expeditions addressing Ocean Health and Ocean Literacy in Canada.
Ocean Bridge youth are empowered to make a difference towards ocean conservation through three program elements:
- Community & Capacity Building
- Ocean Health Wilderness Expedition
- Ocean Literacy Urban Expedition to Vancouver
Who are the Ocean Bridge Ambassadors?
Check out our map to learn more about the 2019 cohort of Ocean Bridge Ambassadors!
Keep an eye out for events in your community!
Every Ocean Bridge youth will serve their hometown with community service. Check out our calendar for event updates, programs, and involvement opportunities.
Are you a future ocean leader?
Applications for the 2020 Ocean Bridge cohorts – Pacific, Great Lakes, St. Lawrence and Atlantic – are now open! Click here to apply for Ocean Bridge 2020.
Keep in touch!
Ocean Wise was proud to be represented by a trio of Ocean Bridge youth ambassadors at the 2019 Canadian Parks Conference in Québec City from October 7-10! The team of Marie-Philippe Ouellet, Ariane Marchand and Shawn Gauthier had the chance to connect with other #NatureForAll Youth Champions, discuss the present and future of our parks and brainstorm solutions for bringing the youth voice to the table. See some of the pictures below from their trip – way to go Shawn, MP and Ariane!
The future of the planet we love is in the midst of a turning point, but there are many opportunities to have our voices heard on the horizon. #NatureForAll, a global movement to inspire a love for and in nature created at the 2016 International Union for Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) World Conservation Congress, is hoping Canadian young people like yourselves will help amplify the youth voice at these events.
#NatureForAll Youth Champions will connect young people who are curious about, or already involved in nature conservation with each other, and it will provide them real access and engagement opportunities at upcoming conservation events, including the 2020 IUCN World Conservation Congress, and beyond!
Are you a young person under 35 interested in making a real difference for nature conservation? Become a #NatureForAll Youth Champion by signing up on the form at the bottom of the page here.
Are you an organisation or individual interested in supporting the #NatureForAll Youth Champions network? Learn more about how to become a founding partner, youth advocate, or youth architect here.
Ocean Bridge had the good fortune of teaming up with Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup last month as they hit the road for the 24th World Scouts Jamboree at Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia!
Huge kudos go out to current Ocean Bridge cohort member Cyrielle Noël and GCSC educator Connor Thompson, who led the charge in delivering two days of interactive workshops and discussions about ocean health in a large pavilion set up by our friends and partners at #NatureForAll and IUCN . Over the course of two "Oceans Days" in the pavilion, around 1,000 youth from at least 30 different countries took part in Ocean Wise's workshops and discussions, each receiving badges for their efforts! With older group leaders and educators, we were also able to discuss Ocean Wise's Online Education tools and digital classrooms.
An overwhelming majority of the young scouts who took part in our workshops were quite engaged and interested – a tribute to our wonderful educators! More than a few lingered around our table after the experiments to talk about water and ocean issues important to them in their communities, and what they can do about it.
And while she couldn't attend the Jamboree, a HUGE shout-out goes out to Ocean Bridge alum Hannah Kosick, who played a key role in planning and supporting the workshops and the trip. We couldn't have done it without you, Hannah!
Of course we can't go without mentioning other #NatureForAll organizations – the Canadian Wildlife Federation, the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, and Parks Canada – who led amazing workshops for Wildlife Days, Forestry Days and Parks Days, respectively.
#NatureForAll is a global movement to inspire a love of nature. This is accomplished by bringing together like-minded organizations, encouraging people of all ages to find ways to connect with nature, and by presenting the scientific evidence and facts about why nature is beneficial to us all.
Hey ocean lovers! We got the inside scoop that Canadian Geographic's VERY cool 10,000 Changes project will officially be launching next week. They would love to have some Ocean Bridge alumni or current participants take part!
10,000 Changes was created in partnership with Environment and Climate Change Canada, the Recycling Council of Ontario, and Strut Creative as a way to inform and motivate individual Canadians to take action on the problem of plastic pollution and champion solutions within communities, businesses and organizations across Canada.
One of the ways they're engaging individual Canadians is by getting them to make commitments to rethink their consumption of single-use plastics. This section of the site is not live yet, but making a commitment will be as easy as clicking on a tile and writing in a statement like "I commit to bringing a reusable bottle with me on the go" or "I commit to saying no to single-use straws."
Other Canadians will then be able to select the "Commitments" that best suit them and add them to a virtual "Shopping Cart" of sorts that they'll be able to customize for themselves – a really cool idea!
To help spread the program's messages and calls to action far and wide, CanGeo is looking for early adopters to make commitments, and then share those commitments with their social media and professional networks. They're also looking for people who are willing to make a short video talking about their commitments and encouraging others to sign on to the program.
If you or anyone you can think of wants to get involved with 10,000 Changes and help get the word out, please contact Ben at [email protected] and I'll be happy to answer your questions or connect you directly with our friends at CanGeo who can provide additional details/guidance.
Looking forward to hearing from you! :)
2020 Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference
April 19-22, 2020 - Vancouver, B.C.
Deadline for Submissions is July 12, 2019
The Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference brings together scientists, researchers, decision-makers, managers and knowledge-holders from First Nations and Tribes, agencies, community organizations, businesses, non-governmental organizations, and academia. Participants present the latest scientific research on the state of the ecosystem, share information about the application of knowledge from science and other sources, and guide future actions for protecting and restoring the Salish Sea Ecosystem.
The theme for this year's meeting is "Shared Knowledge for the Future." An important aim of this meeting is to work toward strategies for recovery and management that integrate across cultures, disciplines, and boundaries, and bring knowledge to action.
To this end, the conference conveners are calling for session proposals from the Salish Sea community. Sessions are groups of presentations that are organized around a unified topic. Each session is scheduled for 1½ hours and includes a collection of presentations.
Given the multi-sector nature of the conference, and in consideration of the issues we face, proposals that are applicable and engaging to the wide range of participants are encouraged.
Go here for more information and to submit your session proposal. The deadline for submissions is July 12, 2019.
Spotted in Ottawa last week! Frankie Marquez of the 2019 Ocean Bridge national youth program and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau talk about what Canada is doing to protect oceans and waterways now and in the future at the 2019 Canada Youth Summit in Ottawa from May 2-3.
Special shout-outs to fellow Ocean Bridge ambassadors Aira Sarmiento, Monique Chapman, Pierre-Antoine Descôteaux (2019 cohort) and Stéphanie Foucault, Jennifer Blackaller Ruiz and Hannah Kosick (2018 cohort) for their presence at various portions of the summit!
Frankie Marquez, du programme jeunesse national 2019 Portail Océan, et le Premier ministre Justin Trudeau, discutent de ce que le Canada fait pour protéger les océans et les voies navigables au Sommet Jeunesse Canada 2019 à Ottawa du 2-3 mai.
Des remerciements spéciaux aux ambassadeurs Portail Océan Aira Sarmiento, Monique Chapman, Pierre-Antoine Descôteaux (cohorte 2019) et Stéphanie Foucault, Jennifer Blackaller Ruiz, Hannah Kosick (cohorte 2018) pour leur présence au sommet!
Video credit/crédit vidéo: Global TV
Dear Ocean Bridge team,
On April 24 in Montreal, young nature leaders (including current Ocean Bridger Cyrielle and alumni Jennifer, Chúk and Lucy!) will discuss the importance of youth taking action on nature as part of the Canada #NatureSummit for youth.
Want to be part of the conversation? Fill out this short survey by following https://app.sli.do/event/eahw1qnj, or https://www.sli.do/ and joining #naturesummit . The results will be discussed during the event.
Applications are open for the 2019 Our Ocean conferences in Oslo, Norway!
The Our Ocean conferences were initiated by Secretary of State John Kerry in 2014, with the aim to put oceans on the foreign policy agenda, and create a platform where leaders from government, business and civil society meet on an equal footing to promote action and innovation for clean, healthy and productive oceans. The Oslo conference will highlight the importance of knowledge as the basis of our actions and policies to ensure sustainable future economic growth. It will emphasize integrated management of sea and coastal areas as the key to protection and sustainable use of the oceans.
The intended theme for the Our Ocean Youth Leadership Summit is “Co-creating the Sustainable Blue Economy”. Following Norway’s global leadership in integrated ocean management, the summit programming will intend to inspire, inform, and empower participants to build holistic solutions that better balance the needs of society, industry and the ocean environment.
The conference is seeking problem solvers and sustainability champions below 35 years old to describe their interest and/or engagement in sustainability (this could be a project idea, an organization, or an initiative you are currently involved with or wish to explore) to submit their application online before July 5, 2019 11:59pm PST. 100 participants from over 50 countries will receive one complimentary guest pass to participate in the bootcamp and scholarship*.
APPLY NOW: https://soalliance.org/our-ocean-2019/
Applications close on July 5, 2019 at 11:59 pm PST
*Scholarships to cover travel expenses may become available.
You've met one half of the 2019 Ocean Bridge cohort to date through our Faces of Ocean Bridge series. Well, there's plenty more where that came from – let's keep it rolling with Part 3 of our outstanding group of ocean ambassadors!
Presented by the Privy Council Office, the Canada Youth Summit Video Challenge is for young Canadians between the age of majority in their home province or territory and 24 years old. Candidates are invited to share a video no longer than one (1) minute on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram using #InspiredToServe and #inspiréÀservir.
The video should respond to the following question:
What does service mean to you? How has service benefited you personally and professionally, as well as your community?
Participants must ensure they have read through and agree with the Official Challenge Rules and Regulations before submitting their video entry.
Four prizes will be awarded through random draw. The Privy Council Office will provide each winner with:
- Economy travel from their home to join youth from across the country at the Canada Youth Summit in Ottawa, Ontario, to take place May 2 and 3, 2019.
- Accommodations and meals will be paid for during the duration of the trip at the standard National Joint Council rates.
- Winner’s videos will be played at the Canada Youth Summit in a “Social Media Room” periodically through the two-day event.
Each winner will be required to complete and sign a “Canada Youth Summit Code of Conduct”; a “Disclosure of Personal Information, Privacy Notice, and Consent” form; and an “Emergency Contact Form” in order to receive their prize. Documents will be sent in an email to winners.
It's time to meet 10 more 2019 Ocean Bridge Ambassadors in Part 2 of our Faces of Ocean Bridge 2019 articles!
Get a snapshot of what inspires and motivates each of these unique individuals to work for our oceans – and keep an eye out for the next piece in this series. We love getting to know these youth who are working to make a difference in communities across Canada, and we hope you enjoy it too!
Over the coming weeks, we'll be introducing all 40 members of the 2019 Ocean Bridge cohort on Ocean Wise's Aquablog! It's your chance to get to know a little more about each of these Ocean Ambassadors and find out where across Canada they are located. Can you find the one closest to your hometown?
On that note, let's meet 10 Ocean Bridgers in Part 1 of 4 of The Faces of Ocean Bridge 2019 on the Aquablog!
For those who may have missed it, here’s the incredibly beautiful and touching look back on the 2018 Ocean Bridge cohort! It gives a glimpse of what they were able to experience and accomplish in communities across Canada. Thank you all so much for everything you’ve done and everything you continue to do for our oceans! We can’t wait to see the great things you’ll get up to in the future.
Don't forget to visit our gallery to see more of their incredible work!
As the 2019 Ocean Bridge cohort gets underway to keep this fantastic momentum going, including with trips to the North Shore of Lake Superior (June 2019) and Ottawa (January 2020), we’re excited to stay connected with our inspiring alumni and share stories about their future endeavours!
Fascinating internship program, especially for anyone interested in getting in tune with politics and policy makers!
GreenPAC Parliamentary Internship for the Environment: https://www.greenpac.ca/intern...
"For the second year in a row, GreenPAC is sending four interns aged 18 to 30 to work full-time on Parliament Hill with MPs that have been pushing for stronger, faster action on the environment. For the first two months of the program, interns will be involved in a national, non-partisan public engagement strategy in the lead up to the 2019 federal election. After the election, interns will be placed in the Parliament Hill office of their host MPs and become well-versed in policy research, legislative affairs, communications, and constituency work."
Ocean Wise, BC Ferries and Parks Canada are seeking highly motivated people with exceptional communication skills to deliver the summer 2019 Coastal Naturalist program from May to September! Read more on the program and how to apply: https://www.calliope.ca/projec...
The 2019 Ocean Heroes Bootcamp will be taking place from June 28 – 30 in Vancouver, British Columbia.
The three-day camp empowers existing and emerging youth leaders (aged 11-18) to create their own campaigns to take action against ocean plastic pollution. These could be the Ocean Bridgers of the future!
Here’s where you can come in: Ocean Heroes will be launching a Mentor Program. It’s not running quite yet, but it will be listed on its main page in the “Idea Incubation” section.
This short video details last year's Ocean Heroes Bootcamp program:
Those interested can contact us at Ocean Bridge, or send an email to [email protected]. In the meantime, you can also follow @OceanHeroesHQ on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for future updates on the mentor program and how to sign up.
Consider jumping on this opportunity if you can, and keep this and other ideas like it in mind!
CHECK OUT THE 2018 OCEAN BRIDGE COHORT EXPERIENCE:
The 2018 Ocean Bridge cohort is on their way to Vancouver Oct. 11-15th and have planned some exciting events to engage Vancouver in Ocean Conservation. See below for event details!
Thursday Oct. 11
The Nautical Library: a night of ocean autobiographies
6:00 p.m. – 9 p.m.
The Nautical Library: A Night of Ocean Autobiographies will be an evening of ocean optimism and knowledge exchange at the Vancouver Aquarium where talented and diverse storytellers will form a human library. Open to aspiring leaders and ocean lovers, this event will offer participants a chance to read each member’s “book cover” to find a person they would like to borrow for an enriching conversation.
More details here.
Friday Oct. 12
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Ocean Bridge youth will take over the Ocean Wise AquaVan, offering hands-on interaction with sea creatures and artifacts at Greater Vancouver schools. Inspired by their remote shoreline cleanup experience in Haida Gwaii, Ocean Bridge youth have created a program to share their story.
6 – 9 p.m.
At Parlons océans, the youth will play a screening of the documentary “Le plastique menace sur les océans,” then host ocean trivia and discussions. This event will be hosted in French and is open to ages 15+. More details here.
Saturday Oct. 13
9:30 a.m. – Noon
Ocean Bridge youth will be hosting a plogathon — where participants will jog while picking up litter — around Stanley Park. This Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup event will begin and end at the Aquarium. More details here.
Ocean Health Fair
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The Ocean Health Fair will take place on the Aquarium Plaza and feature hands-on stations with artifacts, ocean art activities for children, tips and tricks on living a reduced-waste lifestyle, ocean games as well as upcycling art activities. The AquaVan will also be offering an opportunity to get up-close and interactive with marine life. More details here.
1:30 – 5 p.m.
In partnership with Canada Learning Code, Ocean Bridge youth will guide participants (children ages 8-13 and their parents) in a workshop environment – targeted at beginner coders – while they identify an ocean issue and build a game around it. More details here.
Promenades sur l'eau
6 – 11 p.m.
Promenades sur l'eau/Walks on Water fashion show will showcase six Canadian designers who are inspired by the ocean and are using materials that are sustainably and ethically sourced. This public event is $10 ($5 for students) and tickets can be purchased here.
Sunday Oct. 14
Daytime: During this event for Ocean Bridge youth only, Crista Valentino of CoalitionWild will be leading workshops on turning ideas into action as it relates to local impact in the global context and Haida elder Barbara Wilson will reconnect with group.
Monday Oct. 15
Ocean Literacy through an Indigenous Lens
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
In this session focusing on ocean literacy through an Indigenous lens, a group of Ocean Bridge youth will work with two elementary school classes from Surrey, travelling to Port Moody where they will go on a voyageur canoe with Takaya Tours.
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Ocean Bridge youth will take over the Ocean Wise AquaVan for a second time, offering hands-on interaction with sea creatures and artifacts at Greater Vancouver schools. Inspired by their remote shoreline cleanup experience in Haida Gwaii, Ocean Bridge youth have created a program to share their story.
Daily from Oct. 12-15
Ocean Art Installations
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Two art installations created by the Ocean Bridge youth will be displayed at the Vancouver Aquarium. One is a visual demonstrating the service work the cohort has engaged in throughout the year and the second is a national art project highlighting what the ocean means to Canadians from coast to coast to coast.
Ocean Bridge Outreach
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The Ocean Bridge youth be present at the Vancouver Aquarium to interact with visitors and share their personal experiences from this past year.
The youth organizing these events have worked alongside the Indigenous Perspectives group, a sub-committee within Ocean Bridge that ensures Indigenous issues and culture are embedded into the programming and messaging.
We are so excited to have this video!
Take a team of youth leaders passionate about protecting the ocean and what do you get? Ocean Bridge! Led by Ocean Wise, in partnership with the Government of Canada’s Canada Service Corps, Ocean Bridge gives young environmental leaders the chance to develop community service projects locally and as a team. In May 2018, the first Ocean Bridge cohort met in Haida Gwaii, British Columbia, to share ideas about conservation and lead service projects to improve ocean literacy and ocean health.
Chúk Odenigbo from our Ocean Bridge cohort will be presenting a webinar with ECO Canada!
This webinar aims to both highlight the importance of the ocean in the way it affects human health, even in landlocked provinces, share the basics on how to assess if an ocean is healthy and ways to incorporate all of this into company health policies and environmental assessment reports.
Please join us for this live webinar on Wednesday, August 29, 2018 at 10am (MT) for a chance to ask questions of our expert.
I couldn't be more excited to share this news. I have been awaiting the release of this film for a year now and they are making it available free for public screenings!
Great potential service project idea :)
For more details head to their website! https://www.albatrossthefilm.com/host-a-screening
Updates to the community space you should be aware of:
(this will be included in Monday's email as well)
Over the past week we have:
- Turned the calendar into two different calendars: Tasks and Events
Tasks is where the facilitation team will post National Calls, timeline for action items, and anything other "deadlines" for Ocean Bridge team members.
Events is where we will post Ocean related events, workshops, conferences happening across the country (and beyond) as well as any public ocean service activities led by Ocean Bridge team members. Unfortunately only facilitators can add to the calendar, so if you have something to add just send us a link or description!
- We have added three new discussion threads: (1) Recommended Reading List (for those of you that are interested); (2) Meaningful Service or Voluntourism? (this is a discussion I would love to see among the group both for your learning and to advise Ocean Bridges program development); and (3) Connecting Land-locked Communities to Oceans you land-locked folks pondering this.
- We created an Ocean Service Map
This is for us to keep track (and show off) all your great Ocean Service projects across the country. We ask that for each event or service project you:
- Post a pin showing where the activity took place
- Provide information on how many hours you contributed (including planning) for that activity, how many other people (there are three age categories, provide your best guess) participated and the estimated hours they contributed (i.e. if you had 5 peers help out for one hour, then the contribution would be 5hrs).
- Provide a brief description of the activity
- If possible include a photo :)
Hey Ocean Bridge!
See below for an exciting opportunity you don't want to miss from the UN Environment Programme:
You want to change the world. We’re here to help. Young Champions of the Earth aims to celebrate and support individuals between the ages of 18 and 30 who have outstanding potential to create positive environmental impact. In 2018, seven young people – selected from every global region – will be named Young Champions of the Earth. These winners receive seed funding, intensive training, and tailored mentorship to help them bring their big environmental ideas to life. Whose big idea will change the world? Following an open call for applications, UN experts will short-list 35 Regional Finalists who will be subjected to an online public vote, informing the selection of 14 World Finalists. A Global Jury will then select the seven 2018 winners. Each winner will be expected to implement their big idea and keep us updated on their progress by producing videos and blogs that we will share on our website. In parallel, up to 50 of the most promising applicants will be granted privileged access to an expert community of Covestro mentors offering insights on topics ranging from communications and business development to project planning and financial management.
For more information visit: http://web.unep.org/youngchampions/
G7 Oceans Youth Innovation Challenge
What is your vision for healthy and productive oceans in 2050?
What innovative solutions would you recommend be adopted to reach this goal?
We are calling all G7 youth who are 18-25 years old and have reached the age of majority in their country or province (Canada) to submit a 2-minute video sharing their innovative solutions to challenges facing global ocean health.
Judged by an international panel of ocean policy experts, the winners will be mentored and will be able to join the G7 Environment Ministerial meetings in Canada in the fall.
For more information, go to our website: http://policy.ocean.org and follow us on Twitter using:
We are excited to see your solutions to global ocean health challenges!
Description: Watching TV or browsing social media we are constantly bombarded with facts and statistics about climate change, the environment and what we should to do to reduce our environmental impact. These seem to change from day to day, so it can seem impossible to know what is really going on. This lecture will demonstrate how some of these statistics and facts are obtained and how you can use scientific critical thinking to decide how reliable they are. Everyone is welcome, whether you have never taken a science class or just want to learn some skills to improve your critical thinking.
Speaker: Dr. Ruth Sharpe | Ruth is the Public Programs Manager at Ocean Wise. She earned her PhD in Zoology from the University of British Columbia in August 2017 and is a passionate science communicator.
Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible and ASL signed.
Time: 7pm (doors 6.30pm)
Price: Free, but register to guarantee your seat