Four high school students from Alaska will be joining other students around the US and Mexico at the Ocean Summit in Washington, D.C. The program would like the students to participate in the Summit to inspire them to follow a career in the marine sciences as our future quality of the Oceans around the world does not look good. The students will share their plans, discuss common Ocean concerns, and exchange ideas with national experts. The program is offered by Coastal America and Alaskan SeaLife Center’s Coastal Ecosystem Learning Center Partnership.
I think this is one of the better programs that I have seen available in North America. High School Students are the next generation to inherit the Oceans and they must be prepared to take on what we are leaving behind. Even if the students do not become marine scientists in the future, the experience they will receive from the summit and the program back in their home states will change their lives forever. If you have been reading the posts on this site you will know that people who work around the Oceans, even if it is only for a few days, will have a completely different outlook on the Oceans and the environment.
Attending the Ocean Summit will provide the students with the opportunity to interact with marine scientists, explorers, conservationists, private industries, and other interested students. They will be able to realize the complexities that exist within Ocean management. They will be introduced to Ocean Issues and solutions to bring back to their local communities and establish community monitoring programs themselves. It is a great opportunity with the potential to change the lives of high school students all over North America. I just hope that these students will become Ocean Leaders.