MEET THE MEMBERS OF THE US YAC FOR UN OCEAN DECADE!
Heirs To Our Oceans is organizing the Youth Advisory Council to the US National Committee for the UN Ocean Decade, and we are thrilled to share here some of the faces!
These fearless youth leaders will have a hand in planning the Decade trajectory and working toward attaining a healthy and safe world for their generation.
From 2021-2030, the UN Ocean Decade is committed to science including marine
technology innovations and sustainable development projects across the globe to transform “the ocean we have” into “the ocean we want”.
We are organizing now to join hands with the US National Committee and leap into the Ocean Decade with a splash!
WHY A US YAC FOR THE OCEAN DECADE AND WHAT IS OUR ROLE?
The YAC will be involved in meetings and discussions of the US National Committee and play a meaningful internal role in planning and strategy, document review and finalization where the goal is to advise or suggest policy, and be involved in communications where appropriate related to US ocean community efforts for the Decade.
From 2021-2030, the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development will focus on scientific initiatives, ocean literacy campaigns, marine technology innovations, and sustainable development projects across the globe to transform “the ocean we have” into “the ocean we want” intending to realize the future that Gen Z and millenials, and beyond, must have for their health, safety and well-being. The US National Committee for the Decade will serve as the voice of the U.S. ocean community as international discussions occur regarding uses and protections of our world’s oceans during the Ocean Decade.
To ensure the inclusion of future generations, the US National Committee will include, from the outset of the Decade, liaisons to the Decade’s Early Career Ocean Professionals (ECOPs defined as less than ten years into their career) as well as a Youth Advisory Council (YAC) made up of youth ages 14-25. Why? Because the youth of today will inherit the actions taken – or not taken – over the course of this Decade, and the fourteen year olds today will be professionals into their careers — the next generation of decision makers — by the end of the Decade. The inclusion of “Gen Z” youth from the outset of the Decade is a recognition by the U.S. National Committee that this generation in particular has an undeniable huge stake in the future health of the world’s ocean.
HERE ARE MEMBERS OF THE YOUTH ADVISORY COUNCIL TO THE UN OCEAN DECADE: