Teens4Oceans’ mission is to empower our next generation to become impassioned stewards for their ocean through education, experiential learning, scientific research, and innovative technologies.
WHO ARE WE?
Teens4Oceans (T4O) is a nonprofit that empowers youth to be ocean stewards through experiential education, research, technology and conservation. Inspired by ocean science, teens work together to share their passion with their community, explore the ocean in various ways and exchange ideas for how to take action to protect it.
Based in land-locked Colorado but driven by love for the ocean, T4O students share their passion with their community, explore the ocean in various ways, exchange ideas for how to protect it, and connect with students around the world.
Teens4Oceans aims to unite students with scientists and nonprofits to create global ocean awareness and to work together towards ocean conservation.
Stewardship Towards our Ocean
Fact: Ocean ecosystems are imperiled.
Fact: We have a narrow window of opportunity (est. 10 years) to mitigate ecosystem degradation before they collapse completely.
Fact: Scientists are convinced we can turn the tide and reverse the trend in the near term with a collective national effort (15-20 years).
Fact: We have a stark choice; either ACT NOW to save our ocean or ignore it and let our children suffer the consequences. This is what is at stake. This is also our opportunity.
Over the last five decades, the global population has nearly doubled, and the population of the United States has increased by 90%. This has placed unprecedented stress on natural ecosystems whose functionality is collapsing worldwide. It is with great sadness and surprise that young people learn what future lies ahead for their world. Our rivers, lakes, tributaries and watersheds fall victim to our growing need for food and increased production. Near-shore coastal zones, the most productive parts of our ocean ecosystems, are compromised by overfishing and pollution. Global warming threatens every ecosystem that cannot adapt fast enough to the rapid change.
Teens4Oceans’ goal is to convince teens to care about the ocean, and to empower them to be responsible ocean stewards.