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Welcome to World Ocean Day for Schools 2022

We’re on a mission to protect our ocean – and we need your help !

We believe that you can be an ocean advocate no matter where you live. We’re expanding our focus from just an ocean story to a water story. That means we’re exploring blue spaces everywhere – and how they connect back to the sea.

This year’s theme ‘Our Blue’ will help students understand and (and feel) their connection to the ocean through their nearest blue space — whether that’s a beach, river, canal, stream or lake.

Want to register for this years’ event ?

Click below to add your blue space to the map & we’ll send you everything you need to take part in World Ocean Day for School.

We are so excited to celebrate all things blue with you this year – with an amazing day full of activities, ocean lessons, live-streamed workshops and creative projects to dive into !

We are watery beings

Our mission is to deepen the understanding of humankind’s relationship with the ocean. 

Plastic pollution, rising water temperatures, overfishing, sewage dumps and many other factors are impacting the ocean’s ability to thrive as it should. Life below the water is in crisis mode and it’s up to everyone to take action in protecting this extraordinary life-source. 

We believe that ocean literacy is the key to accelerating more sustainable practices and informing responsible decision making. And what better time to engage and inspire ocean advocates than childhood.

The connection we have to the ocean is closer than you might think. 70% of our bodies are made up of water, as is 70% of our planet. We have exactly the same level of salt in our blood as you find in seawater and, not too far back into our evolutionary history, we had gills. 

As humans, it’s not only our physicality that links us to the big blue but our health. Every second breath we take comes from the ocean. The sea and its inhabitants provide food, shelter and livelihood for people all around the world. Not to mention its regulation of our weather and climate. It’s even been scientifically proven that being near or in water has a positive effect on our mood and sense of wellbeing.

Our platform is a free, digital resource tool for educators and parents. It is designed to connect, create, and celebrate the wonder and importance of our ocean to children and young adults. The design of the platform follows these principles:

Focused set of activities for world ocean day
One digital platform, accessible from anywhere, anytime
An exciting mix of curated sessions to engage and advance blue learning
Live and pre-recorded content to follow along with or use to create your own schedule
Plus year-round resources to complement curriculum learning


“The website was packed with different activities and were easily accessible”

“The resources were great, especially the class-based activities”

98% of 2020 participants plan to join next year.


Who we are

We Are Ocean collective emerged in 2016 from a small group of organisations, aligned by shared objectives of increasing Ocean Literacy and effective collaboration. In accelerating Ocean Literacy we will live in a society that understands the importance of the ocean to humankind, can talk about the ocean in a meaningful way and are able to make informed and responsible decisions regarding the ocean and its resources. World Ocean Day for Schools was the first project created by We Are Ocean. 

To understand more of the ideas behind World Ocean Day for Schools you can read the We Are Ocean report on ocean literacy here: Accelerating Ocean Literacy in UK Culture.

The founding organisations for World Ocean Day for Schools were Marine Biological Association, Marine Conservation Society, National Marine Aquarium, Thames Estuary Partnership, The Wild Network, WWF UK & Sky Ocean Rescue & Wild Labs.