Reaching Out with Ocean Literacy

In today’s world where societal demands are placing increasing pressure on the ocean, public understanding of the importance of the oceans for us and our impact upon them, is essential for pushing for a more sustainable future.  As Senegalese forestry engineer Baba Dioum said at an IUCN meeting in 1968, “In the end we will conserve only what we love, love only what we understand, and understand only what we are taught”.  Whether close to the ocean or in a land-locked country the call for increasing ocean literacy across the general population is one that can now be heard across the globe. 

Life is hectic, and people and constantly bombarded with news and information.  For many people, the oceans are simply ‘out of sight out of mind’.  The remoteness, vastness, and seemingly impenetrable nature of the ocean is a challenge for ocean literacy, but there are those who are seeking new ways to connect people with an environment that gives us so much. 

The full article was published in – and can be read in – The Marine Professional, a publication of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST).

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