To celebrate the Year of Science, UK-German Connection, in collaboration with the British Council, organised a ‘Sea and Oceans’ Youth Seminar; a three-day event to discuss current issues and challenges facing our environment, seas and oceans. On the 20-22 October 2017, the MBA joined this initiative and 50 British and German 16-19 year-olds in Hamburg, Germany, for a hands-on, informative seminar on litter, rising sea levels, biodiversity and ocean literacy.
This group of 50 young people travelled far and wide from across the two countries, and were brought together by a strong interest in the theme 'seas and oceans' and in discussing the topic with UK and German peers.
During the second day of the seminar, the MBA team introduced the group to the concept of ocean literacy, including the 7 Ocean Literacy Principles. Additionally, seminar participants enjoyed interactive workshops from Ocean Lab and Newcastle University on marine litter and rising sea levels, respectively. Collectively, we hope to have inspired some short and long term commitment to safeguard the health of our ocean from this promising group of ocean advocates.
Student interaction during the workshops was positively and significantly informed by detailed reflections encouraged prior to the seminar on what the ocean meant to them (see pictures below), as well as surveys in their local communities.