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ProBleu

Promoting ocean and water literacy in school communities

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ProBleu will expand and support the Network of European Blue Schools and improve ocean and water literacy across school communities.

The Problem

Across the globe, our oceans, rivers and lakes continue to degrade due to human activities, including pollution with plastic, nutrients and chemicals, and the destruction of habitats. Mission Starfish 2030: Restore our Ocean and Waters aims to reverse this degradation by protecting and restoring ecosystems, and preventing and eliminating pollution. The success of this Mission will partly depend on ocean and water literacy and environmental stewardship

Aims

ProBleu aims to engage school communities, improve the understanding of and enhance the sense of responsibility towards the value and challenges of oceans and waters among children, youth and teachers and to Grow the Network of European Blue Schools, an initiative of EU4Ocean, which aims to inspire teachers and students to develop a “Find the blue” project that links them to the ocean and inland waters.

Approach

ProBleu acts to facilitate school activities related to ocean and water literacy through funding calls to sustain and enrich current school activities, and kick-start and support new activities. ProBleu is also adapting existing educational methods and resources, and developing new resources —including those related to citizen science— to support, strengthen and sustain school activities.

Earthwatch’s role

Earthwatch brings our expertise in citizen science, freshwater research, and education to the project; helping to foster ocean and freshwater literacy in schools, ensuring that future generations across Europe feel connected to the ocean and freshwaters and have the tools to advocate for them.

Partners

  • Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (coordinator)
  • Kaunas University of Technology
  • INOVA+ – Innovation Services, S.A.
  • Plymouth Marine Laboratory
  • National Marine Aquarium (Ocean Conservation Trust)

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