HEIRS TO OUR OCEANS ESTABLISHED THE
US YOUTH ADVISORY COUNCIL
FOR THE UNITED NATIONS OCEANS DECADE (2021-2030)
We are happy to introduce the First Cohort for the US YAC for the UNOD!
The US YAC is made up of youth who are between the ages of 14-25* and live in the US States, Territories and otherwise occupied lands.
Application for the Second Cohort, for 2022, will be available here in late summer!
Heirs To Our Oceans holds international Summits and Retreats to connect youth and support them developing skills as young leaders who have taken their seats “at the table”. Follow us on IG, Twitter, TikTok and LinkedIn, and peruse our website, to learn about upcoming H2OO Summits and Retreats!
Do you want to start a YAC for the UN Ocean Decade in your country? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Youth we define as ages up to 25, as the brain is fully formed by 25 years of age. There are many platforms for adults 25 and older to share their stories, thoughts, concerns, ideas, solutions. Youth under 25, especially under 18, are especially left out of discussions that they are capable of participating in and, more so, on topics in which they have the most at stake.
WHY A US YAC FOR THE OCEAN DECADE AND WHAT IS OUR ROLE?
The YAC will be involved in meetings and discussions of the US National Committee and play a meaningful role in planning and strategy, document review and be involved in communications related to US ocean community efforts for the Decade.
The establishment of a Youth Advisory Council for governing and policy-oriented bodies is imperative as (1) youth today are the greatest stakeholders in facing the challenges involving our Blue Planet’s natural environment; and (2) the crises humans face at present, both caused by and exacerbated by the climate crises, have resulted in an existential crisis for youth around the world. Water, air, food, and a climate that maintains a habitable planet — all that humans require — are under threat. Youth today must have a voice at the table where discussions of these topics, including policy affecting management or exploitation of the Earth’s natural resources vital to life, are discussed.
From 2021-2030, the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development will focus on scientific initiatives, ocean literacy campaigns, marine technology innovations, and sustainable development projects across the globe to transform “the ocean we have” into “the ocean we want” intending to realize the future that Gen Z and millenials, and beyond, must have for their health, safety and well-being.
The youth of today will inherit the actions taken – or not taken – over the course of this Decade. The fourteen year olds today will be professionals into their careers — the next generation of decision makers — by the end of the Decade. The inclusion of “Gen Z” youth from the outset of the Decade is a recognition by the U.S. National Committee that this generation in particular has an undeniable huge stake in the future health of the world’s ocean.