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Carbon and Ocean Literacy

This online learning programme has been designed by Berwickshire Marine Reserve thanks to funding from Sea Changers. It is aimed at Primary School children and contains both classroom and outdoor practical activities. 


The aim of this programme is to raise awareness of the climate emergency with regards to the Ocean, both globally and locally, while following the principles of Carbon Literacy. 


Carbon Literacy (according to the Carbon Literacy Project)  is “an awareness of the carbon costs and impacts of everyday activities and the ability and motivation to reduce emissions on an individual, community and organisational basis.” 


This progamme will look at how our everyday activities contribute to climate change, specifically with regard to our seas, how the ocean can help to combat climate change and what actions we can take as individuals and communities to help. 


By concentrating on the principles of Ocean Literacy - specifically ‘The ocean is a major influence on weather and climate’,  ‘The ocean makes earth habitable’ and ‘The ocean supports a great diversity of life and ecosystems’ we will achieve the 6 dimensions of ocean literacy. These are: awareness, knowledge, attitudes, communication, behaviour and activism. 


This programme also covers many of the learning goals for the UN Sustainable development goal 14: Life Below Water “Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources”


This resource is not an exhaustive reference tool of all the issues of climate change and the ocean, but is intended as an introduction and a guide for further study, with ideas and examples of activities that can consolidate the learning. It is suggested that the power points are shown to the class and then activities chosen from the worksheets and instructions provided. 

Curriculum Guidance for Teachers

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