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In an effort to increase the understanding about the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030) and encourage direct involvement in the implementation of the UN Decade, Ocean Wise invites all youth to participate in the #DrawYourDecade campaign.

#DrawYourDecade is a youth outreach and engagement activity designed to educate and involve young people in the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development. The goal of this campaign is to draw out young people’s collective priorities for the next ten years of the ocean. Ultimately, these priorities will be incorporated into the planning and implementation of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development – what you draw here could have direct implications for how the Decade is executed!

Specifically, #DrawYourDecade aims to draw out your priorities related to the seven goals of the Ocean Decade: (1) a clean ocean; (2) a healthy and resilient ocean; (3) a productive ocean; (4) a predicted ocean; (5) a safe ocean; (6) an accessible ocean; and (7) an inspiring and engaging ocean.

Using whatever creative means available (paper and pencil, collages, computer graphics, etc.), you will create an image of your priorities for the ocean over the period of the Decade, answering the question, “what do you want the ocean to look like in ten years?”. Your artistic abilities don’t matter! It’s about demonstrating your interests and passions about the ocean.

In addition to your illustration, you’ll need to write two short summaries (3-4 sentences) of your illustration: the first using whatever language you choose, and the second using only the 1,000 most common words in the American English language (as found in The Up-Goer Five library).

By following the step-by-step instructions below, you’ll learn more about these seven overarching goals and be able to contribute to a discussion about creating the ocean we need, for the future we want through the #DrawYourDecade campaign.

Full instructions HERE

Share your artwork in the Gallery

Submit your artwork in the Google Form

Original news article on Ocean Wise website.