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UN OCEAN DECADE/H2O21 WATER SUMMIT

We are proudly partnering with Olohana Foundation
in holding a YOUTH WATER SUMMIT kicking off the
UN OCEAN DECADE (2021-2030)!

H2O21 WATER SUMMIT: Next Gen Together In Water

Youth from around the world will “dive deeply into” water at a pivotal time for the next generation’s future and our shared Blue Planet, and they will have an opportunity to win a prize meet in Hawai’i this summer!

H2O21 Water Summit will connect, educate, empower, and inspire youth leaders while engaging them in critical messaging for the world today.

Are you a youth leader in the age range of 13-25*? Register here to attend!

* If you are a youth leader in the age range of 9-12, please have a non-related adult email us at info@heirstoouroceans.org to recommend you as a participant.

This Summit is at no cost to any youth.

PROGRAM* and STORY TELLING COMPETITION:

-Virtual 2-hour meet-ups weekly for 4 consecutive weekend days (Saturday or Sunday, depending upon your time zone) in the following timezone groupings:

Time Zone Groupings

GROUP WAVE: 9am US PST/ 7am HST (Brazil 2pm – Nairobi 8pm)

GROUP TIDE: 12pm US PST/ 10am HST (US CST 2pm – Puerto Rico/Trinidad 4pm)

GROUP SURGE: 5pm US PST/ 3pm HST (US MST 6pm – Jakarta 8am the next day)

[India to join WAVE or SURGE]

-Independent exploration “in the field” in between weekly meet-ups

-The story-telling challenge may include video/film making, spoken word recorded, poetry or blog submitted, visual still art through photos.

-15 youth will win prizes** for their submitted stories in each of the following categories:

  • Most engaging
  • Most informative
  • Most revealing
  • Most creative
  • Most curious

* For more program information

click here.

** 5 youth from each age range — 13-17 yrs and 18-25 yrs — will win a trip to Hawai’i (Big Island) for H2OO’s Summit for Empowerment Action & Leadership (SEAL) summer 2021, for the first time ever held in Hawai’i and in H2OO-OF Partnership. The trip to Hawai’i in 2021 will be dependent upon ability to travel considering age and country of origin and any covid restrictions. 5 youth of the category of 9-12 yrs will also win prizes TBD.

ALREADY REGISTERED?  KEEP READING! ESSENTIAL INFORMATION FOLLOWS:

FIRST THINGS FIRST! GET  ACCESS TO YOUR SCHEDULE AND ZOOM LINKS!

Follow these steps now, well ahead of the Summit.

  • Determine whether your location for the Summit is different from the address you listed in your registration. If it is a different time zone than what was stated in your registration, please contact Emily at emily.berglund@heirstoouroceans.org
  • All registrants should have received a NEXT STEPS H2O21 WATER SUMMIT email alerting you to communications modes and more and a PREPARING FOR H2O21 WATER SUMMIT email which includes your assigned timezone group and the password to enter your group’s private webpage. Reminder to please check regularly your email including junk and spam folders and contact Emily at emily.berglund@heirstoouroceans.org if you are unable to find the email. We are utilizing the email through which you registered to communicate with you.
  • With your group name in mind, you will access a private password-protected webpage. You can access your group’s page two ways: (1) click on the color-coded block below, or (2) head over to the menu bar on this page and click on “H2O21 Water Summit” and a drop-down menu will appear where you can click on your group’s name SURGE, TIDE, or WAVE.
  • To access the private page, type in the password that you received in the PREPARING FOR H2O21 WATER SUMMIT email. This important page contains steps to take now and information for during the Summit including your Zoom link to access the Summit.
  • Here is a list of the countries and territories in each timezone grouping.

GROUP SURGE
Asia – US MST

(US PST 5-7pm)
(Hawai’i 3-5pm)

Taiwan
Palau
New Zealand
Indonesia
Hong Kong
Guam
CNMI
Fiji
FSM
Canada (BC)
Hawai’i
Australia
US PST – 5pm

GROUP TIDE
US CST – USVI/Puerto Rico
(US PST 12-2pm)

Mexico
Peru
US EST
US CST
US PST – 12pm
Canada (Toronto)
USVI
Puerto Rico

GROUP WAVE
Brazil – East Africa

(US PST 9-11am)
(Hawai’i 7-9am)

Brazil
Cameroon
Gambia
Nigeria
Kenya
Uganda
Zimbabwe
France
Germany
England
Scotland
US PST – 9am

* India, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Pakistan with option SURGE or WAVE times. Contact us at info@heirstoouroceans.org if you do not yet have an assigned group.

Click here to access a time zone converter.

Note, the Summit is available only to registrants who received notice that they are effectively registered and assigned a group.

SUMMIT FACILITATORS & SPEAKERS

  • STAH ROSA POUTAI

    STAH ROSA POUTAI

    SPEAKER. Stah Rosa Poutai, 15 years old, was born in Aotearoa (New Zealand) which is in the south Pacific Ocean not too far north from Antarctica. Her heritage is part…

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  • K'nek'nek' Lowry

    K’nek’nek’ Lowry

    SPEAKER. K’nek’nek’ Lowry is Indigenous descendant of Yurok, Mountain Maidu, and Pit River ancestry from his father, Skip Lowry, and has Great Lakes Indigenous roots from his mother. His name…

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  • Dr. Ricardo Tapilatu

    Dr. Ricardo Tapilatu

    SPEAKER. Dr. Ricardo “Rick” Tapilatu is a scientist and has a range of experience as a field researcher, manager of a non-profit organization, and university lecturer. He is a faculty…

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  • Roberto “Berto” Yekwam

    Roberto “Berto” Yekwam

    SPEAKER. Roberto “Berto” Yekwam, in Jayapura, Papua Province, East Indonesia, spends his days with Papuan Voices, an organization that focuses on amplifying voices of indigenous peoples in Papua and making…

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  • Kahu M. Kalani Souza

    Kahu M. Kalani Souza

    FACILITATOR, SPEAKER. Kalani Souza is the Founding and current Director of the Olohana Foundation, a non-profit based on Hawaii’s Big Island since 2008. Olohana focuses on building community capacity, cohesiveness,…

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  • Cathy Guinovart

    Cathy Guinovart

    FACILITATOR. A youth leader, Cathy is a science communicator and informal educator native to Key Largo, Florida, and born to Cuban immigrants. She graduated from Florida International University (FIU) with…

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  • Dr. Wendy F. Smythe

    Dr. Wendy F. Smythe

    SPEAKER. Dr. Wendy F. Smythe is Alaska Native Haida from Hydaburg, Alaska. Her Haida name is K’ah Skaahluwaa (laughing lady), from the Xáadas (Haida) clan of Sdast’ aas (Fish egg…

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  • Kumu Ramsay Taum

    Kumu Ramsay Taum

    SPEAKER. Recognized locally, nationally, and internationally for transformational leadership in sustainability, cultural, and place-based values integration into contemporary business models, Ramsay Taum advocates team building, strategic partnerships, community brilliance, and…

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  • Papalii Dr. Tusi Avegalio

    Papalii Dr. Tusi Avegalio

    SPEAKER. Papalii Dr. Tusi Avegalio is Director of the Pacific Business Center Program (PBCP) and former Executive Director of the Honolulu Minority Business Enterprise Center (HMBEC) at the Shidler College…

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  • Dr. Wallace J. Nichols

    Dr. Wallace J. Nichols

    SPEAKER. Dr. Wallace “J” Nichols is an entrepreneurial scientist, Blue Mind movement maker, bestselling author, marine biologist, Earth and idea explorer, wild water advocate, lecturer, and fun-loving Dad. He also…

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  • Veda Austin

    Veda Austin

    SPEAKER. Veda Austin is a water researcher, public speaker, mother, artist and author. She has dedicated the last 8 years observing and photographing the life of water. Veda believes that…

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  • Skip Lowry

    Skip Lowry

    SPEAKER. Skip Lowry is a Northern California Indigenous descendant of Yurok, Mountain Maidu, and Pit River ancestry. He works for the California State Parks of Recreation, and he serves on…

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  • Jeremiah IronRoad

    Jeremiah IronRoad

    SPEAKER. Jeremiah IronRoad was raised on the Standing Rock Reservation in the US. In February 2016 he learned that the Dakota Access PipeLine (DAPL) was heading north of the Standing…

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  • Shreya Ramachandran

    Shreya Ramachandran

    SPEAKER. Shreya Ramachandran is a 17 year old scientist, environmentalist and grey water recycler. She is the founder of the nonprofit The Grey Water Project which promotes the safe reuse…

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Stay tuned for more speaker announcements including from UNESCO and YOUTH LEADER GUEST SPEAKERS!

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* Program focus and timeline:

Week 1: WATER IS SACRED
Curiosity: What is sacred about water?

Week 2: WATER & ME
Curiosity: How does water impact my body, my mind, and my spirit?

Week 3: WATER IS LIFE
Curiosity: Are my family and I, or my community, at risk of water emergencies?

Week 4: GLOBAL MOVEMENT: WATER
Curiosity: Can I engage 3 of my local friends in a commitment to water, joining a global movement?

DATES IN HAWAI’I TIME, PLEASE CHECK YOUR DATES.

Final Independent Exploration, Sunday March 7th – Saturday March 13th: SEVEN DAY WATER CHALLENGE

Deadline Water Summit story submissions Monday March 15th.

24-Hour Podcast H2021 with Kalani Souza on World Water Day, Monday March 21st @ 5pm to Tuesday March 22nd @ 5pm HAWAI’I TIME.

Water Summit story winners announced on World Water Day.

Have any questions? Contact us at info@heirstoouroceans.org.