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Discovery Education Presents
Of the People: Protecting Our Ocean

Now Available On Demand

We'll take you inside the State Department in Washington, D.C. to learn how international cooperation among nations, as well as everyday actions by students can save our ocean.









Join the Global Effort to Save Our Oceans


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The threat to the world's ocean is an international concern, and the U.S. Department of State is bringing people together from across the globe on September 15th and 16th to find a solution. Secretary of State John Kerry will host the 2016 Our Ocean Conference in Washington, D.C. to spur actions to protect our ocean from these threats and to empower a new generation to lead the way toward a healthy and sustainable ocean.

In this installment of the White House and Discovery Education's Of the People series, we'll introduce you to the government experts and scientists who are working on the front lines to keep our ocean healthy and safe for future generations.

Educational Objectives

  • To raise awareness about the challenges facing our ocean including unsustainable and illegal fishing, marine pollution, and climate-related impacts
  • To learn about the State Department’s role in collaborating with other countries and organizations to protect our ocean
  • To learn the role the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) plays in providing research and information about the ocean
  • To inspire youth to lead the way toward a healthy and sustainable ocean

Student Host

Christopher Wiggins, James Hubert Blake HS, Montgomery County Public Schools (MD)

Featured Guests

  • Cathy Novelli, Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment
  • Dr. Rick Spinrad Chief Scientist, NOAA
  • Dr. Vaughan Turekian, Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary of State

Classroom Activities

Check out these suggested lessons/activities to enhance your students' experience:

How to Watch the Virtual Field Trip

This virtual field trip is now available on demand. All you will need to view it is a laptop or computer with an internet connection, speakers, and a means of projecting your screen to the classroom.

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About the Of the People Series

Of the People takes students to Washington D.C. for a behind-the-scenes look at the people, places, and issues that shape and inform our world. This series transports young learners beyond the walls of their classrooms to inquire, explore, and discover the world around them.

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Learn More About Protecting Our Ocean

Our Ocean, One Future — 2016 Conference

Life on Earth depends on the ocean. A healthy ocean is central to human wellbeing. The ocean feeds billions of people, employs millions of workers, and generates trillions of dollars in the world economy.

Yet, as vast as our ocean and its resources are, they are not infinite. And today the ocean is under tremendous pressure from human activity – including unsustainable and illegal fishing, marine pollution, and climate-related impacts.

Secretary of State John Kerry will host the 2016 Our Ocean Conference in Washington, D.C., on September 15 to 16 to catalyze actions to protect our ocean from these threats and to empower a new generation to lead the way toward a healthy and sustainable ocean.

Watch the 2016 Conference

September 15-16, 2016

Visit OurOcean2016.org to watch the Livestream of the 2016 Conference. You can also hear Secretary of State John Kerry at the 2015 conference here.
"We have to keep the momentum going so that we can come together and protect our ocean. Why? Because our ocean is absolutely essential for life itself – not just the food, but the oxygen and weather cycles of the planet all depend on the ocean."

--Secretary of State John Kerry