The World Oceans Day Youth Advisory Council (Council) was created in 2016 to help develop World Oceans Day into a unique way to connect and unite youth around the world for a better future with a healthier ocean that sustains us all, no matter where we live. To do so, the Council uses World Oceans Day to rally the world on and around 8 June and provides opportunities for continued engagement and action year-round.
The Council works closely with The Ocean Project and its global partner network to help shape the development of World Oceans Day and expand its reach and impact by providing new and unique perspectives, ideas, and recommendations for innovative and effective engagement with youth and others from all sectors involved in celebrating World Oceans Day in June. Council members help lead efforts that inspire and support youth and society as a whole to protect and restore our shared ocean.
Council members use their personal networks and connections to help spread the message about World Oceans Day, its annual conservation engagement focus, and opportunities for action at individual, community, and societal levels. Council members work individually and collectively to empower others – especially youth – to enact conservation-focused initiatives in their communities. To do so, they develop youth-focused strategies, resources, campaigns, and/or events to be implemented around World Oceans Day and with expanded opportunities for ocean conservation throughout the year
Rebecca is from the island of Singapore and has had the privilege of growing up next to the Coral Triangle. For as long as she can remember, she has been passionate about conserving the marine world and reconnecting people with the ocean. She has been a volunteer with her country’s National Parks Board for a number of years, and was also an intern in the Board’s Coastal and Marine Department. This involved setting up a gallery to promote the newly established Sister’s Islands Marine Park and assisting with a sea turtle conservation project. The Board later awarded her a scholarship to pursue a degree in Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge, and she is now in the second year of her degree.