The Ocean Challenge Badge was launched yesterday, developed by the Youth and United Nations Global Alliance (YUNGA) in collaboration with PML and other organisations.
The Ocean Challenge Badge is an exciting new way to empower children and young people to play a role in protecting the ocean for future generations. The badge booklet is packed with activities to educate on how the ocean works, the creatures that live in it, and just how important the ocean is in our everyday lives. It was created as part of the Challenge Badge series from YUNGA and partners to be used by teachers in school classes, youth leaders and especially Guide or Scout groups. All badges are intended to raise awareness, educate and motivate young people to change their behaviour and be active agents of change in their local communities.
The first draft of the text for the Ocean Challenge Badge was prepared by PML's Dr Caroline Hattam and Tara Hooper, with later contributions from other PML scientists. The first part of the booklet provides background information on relevant educational topics, aiming to help teachers and youth leaders prepare their sessions and group activities without having to search for the information. Contents include the ways in which the ocean moves, how it supports life both underwater and on land, how certain human activities may harm the ocean, and how we can all help to prevent this.
The second part of the booklet contains the badge curriculum, a range of activities and ideas to stimulate learning and motivate children and young people to help protect Earth’s coasts and the ocean. The activities include options for ocean enthusiasts but also allow young people to learn about the ocean even if they don’t live near the coast.
To take the challenge and find out how you can help protect the ocean and the creatures that live in it click here.