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#OceanDecade Challenge
Thousands of young people across Canada are taking on the challenge as part of the UN Decade of Ocean Science.

Learn how data, science and our choices contribute to the health of the ocean and how we all can play an active role in ensuring its future sustainability, by taking on the #OceanDecade Challenge!

This program - created by ONC in partnership with Girl Guides of Canada and Fisheries and Oceans Canada - is designed to encourage young people to participate in the United Nations (UN) Decade of Ocean Sciences for Sustainable Development (2021-2030), and to understand the crucial role that Canada’s three oceans (the Pacific, the Atlantic and the Arctic) play in their lives.

Dive into the activities, share your voice and inspiration, and earn a cool crest by visiting the program’s interactive website. You can also check out the full activity pack here.

Kids across Canada, coastal and inland, can get involved and earn a crest. As of April, more than 2.5k have participated!

By focusing on 7 societal outcomes, the UN hopes that people all around the world will use “the science we need for the ocean we want”: a clean, healthy, productive, predicted, safe, accessible and inspiring ocean!

United Nations Ocean Decade Outcomes

Try out the games, experiments and hands-on activities under each of the UN’s seven ocean outcomes. The activities use materials usually found in homes or classrooms, and are designed for kids from seven to eight (called Ocean Explorers) and nine to 12 (Ocean Advocates) years of age.

Get to know some real-life ocean explorers and advocates.

See what their typical ocean science workday looks like, and how their role contributes to the UN Ocean Decade.

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