The themes of Ocean for Life are: a sense of place, interconnectedness, and ocean conservation and stewardship.
Sense of Place
|Photo: Jim Webb, National Geographic Photo Camp OFL 2011|
We visited the Chumash Discovery Village where we met the people and learned about the culture and ways of the first people of the Channel Islands - the Chumash. They taught us a few of their native songs and words in their language. They told us how their people relied on the ocean's resources for food, supplies, and money.
|Brooke Liston, a Tarpon Springs SCUBAnaut and participant of the 2011 OFL Program, investigating the touch tanks at the REEF Facility at University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB).|
|Native plant restoration on Santa Cruz Island|
Ocean Conservation and Stewardship
Ocean for Life has a huge focus on ocean stewardship. During the program, we had two beach cleanups. One of them was with a group of local fourth graders and we taught them about the importance of keeping the ocean clean. All of us are going to plan ways to educate people about the ocean in our respective communities. We learned a lot about problems related to carbon dioxide (CO2), in particular ocean acidification.
|OFL students learn about the effects of ocean acidification on marine organisms at the Marine Science Institute at UCSB|
|OFL students measure nitrates at Hendry's Beach, CA|
The Ocean for Life Experience
|Brooke learning how to put on and wear a hijab|
Photo: Ibrahim Al-Sulaiti, Qatar, Ocean for Life 2011
Ocean for Life was a moving experience for me. I learned a lot about the ocean, other cultures and myself. We were scared that we would not be accepted by people from other cultures, however we were so wrong. We grew very close to one another and left with many new sisters and brothers who share a lover for each other and the ocean. It is now our mission to teach people ocean stewardship and cultural understanding.
~Brooke Liston, Tarpon Springs SCUBAnaut and 2011 OFL participant
Thanks to all of the 2011 sponsors/donors that made this program possible including the Qatar Foundation International, WAFRA Investment Advisory Group, Inc., The Ettinger Foundation, Ellmar Foundation and One World One Ocean.
For more information on the 2011 Ocean for Life Program and Experience, check out the following links:
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National Geographic Photo Camp - 2011 Ocean for Life