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

Infographic

Lead Investigators

Rachel Kelly


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CMS

Anchor

Karen Evans


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CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere

Co-Authors

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

Amelie Meyer


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

Chris Cvitanovic


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

Coco Cullen-Knox


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

Gretta Pecl


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Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies / CMS
Jenn Scott

Jenn Scott


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School of Psychology, University of Tasmania
Jonny Stark

Jonny Stark


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Australian Antarctic Division
Karen-Alexander

Karen Alexander


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Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies / CMS

Kimberley Norris


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School of Psychological Sciences, University of Tasmania
Kirsty-Nash

Kirsty Nash


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Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies / CMS
Kristy de Salas

Kristy de Salas


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University of Tasmania, Discipline of ICT

Linda Murray


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Massey University

Michael Oellermann


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Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies

G. Reza Emad


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Australian Maritime College, University of Tasmania

Scott Ling


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Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania

Stuart Corney


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Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies / CMS

Silvana Bettiol


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University of Tasmania, Medical Science

Sierra Ison


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Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies / CMS
Carolina Garcia

Carolina Garcia


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Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies / CMS

Catriona MacLeod


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Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies / CMS

Michael Murunga


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Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies / CMS

Liam Fullbrook


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

Graham Wood


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School of Humanities, UTAS / CMS

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