Integrate ocean science and conservation into expanded environmental education curricula by encouraging changes to education content standards, enhancing ocean literacy.
Action 5.1 of our work plan highlights the importance of teaching ocean science and conservation to our youth. It reflects a consensus on the part of many ocean-related institutions and marine scientists that the essential role of the ocean in influencing and shaping all systems, living and non-living, on Earth should be included in federal and state science standards. As stated in comments to the National Research Council on a draft K-12 science framework, sent in August 2010, “there are aspects of life in the ocean and of ocean processes that are quite unique and unlike their counterparts on land and in the atmosphere. There appears to be a default assumption that science exists exclusively in a terrestrial environment.”