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Connected to the oceans

4. Connected to the oceans

Supporting ocean literacy and public engagement

Summary

Improved public understanding of the ocean and the importance of sustainable ocean use, or ocean literacy, is essential for achieving global commitments to sustainable development by 2030 and beyond. However, growing human populations (particularly in mega-cities), urbanisation and socioeconomic disparity threaten opportunities for people to engage and connect directly with ocean environments. Thus, a major challenge in engaging the whole of society in achieving ocean sustainability by 2030 is to develop strategies to improve societal connections to the ocean. The concept of ocean literacy reflects public understanding of the ocean, but is also an indication of connections to, and attitudes and behaviours towards, the ocean. Improving and progressing global ocean literacy has potential to catalyse the behaviour changes necessary for achieving a sustainable future. As part of the Future Seas project (https://futureseas2030.org/), this paper aims to synthesise knowledge and perspectives on ocean literacy from a range of disciplines, including but not exclusive to marine biology, socio-ecology, philosophy, technology, psychology, oceanography and human health. Using examples from the literature, we outline the potential for positive change towards a sustainable future based on knowledge that already exists. We focus on four drivers that can influence and improve ocean literacy and societal connections to the ocean: (1) education, (2) cultural connections, (3) technological developments, and (4) knowledge exchange and science-policy interconnections. We explore how each driver plays a role in improving perceptions of the ocean to engender more widespread societal support for effective ocean management and conservation. In doing so, we develop an ocean literacy toolkit, a practical resource for enhancing ocean connections across a broad range of contexts worldwide. Credit for infographic: Stacey McCormack

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Lead Investigators

Rachel Kelly

CMS

Anchor

Karen Evans

CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere

Co-Authors

Meet our fellow team members who contribute to the success of this project.

Amelie Meyer

ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes / Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies
Chris Cvitanovic

Chris Cvitanovic

Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science, Australian National University / CMS
Coco Cullen-Knox

Coco Cullen-Knox

School of Creative Arts and Media, University of Tasmania / CMS

Gretta Pecl

Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies / CMS
Jenn Scott

Jenn Scott

School of Psychology, University of Tasmania
Jonny Stark

Jonny Stark

Australian Antarctic Division
Karen-Alexander

Karen Alexander

Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies / CMS

Kimberley Norris

School of Psychological Sciences, University of Tasmania
Kirsty-Nash

Kirsty Nash

Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies / CMS
Kristy de Salas

Kristy de Salas

University of Tasmania, Discipline of ICT

Linda Murray

Massey University

Michael Oellermann

Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies

G. Reza Emad

Australian Maritime College, University of Tasmania

Scott Ling

Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania

Stuart Corney

Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies / CMS

Silvana Bettiol

University of Tasmania, Medical Science

Sierra Ison

Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies / CMS
Carolina Garcia

Carolina Garcia

Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies / CMS

Catriona MacLeod

Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies / CMS

Michael Murunga

Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies / CMS

Liam Fullbrook

Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania / CMS / PandIR UTAS
Graham Wood

Graham Wood

School of Humanities, UTAS / CMS

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