INTRODUCING THE MILLENNIUM OCEANS PRIZE
Presented by MCN and the Remmer Family Foundation
The Millennium Oceans Prize is returning for its fifth year to support and celebrate students who are passionate about conserving, protecting, and sustainably using oceans, seas, and marine water and life.
The Millennium Oceans Prize targets Sustainable Development Goal 14 by celebrating youth activists who are focused on enriching their communities through advancing marine and freshwater conservation and sustainable use of marine resources. Prize winners will receive mentorship and a $5,000 prize for implementation of a concrete campaign idea to spark change and garner support in advocacy, policy, and leadership for oceans and freshwater systems.
Applications for 2019-2020 are being reviewed.
2018 Millennium Oceans Prize Recipients
Denver Chikokonya & Lloyd Teta
Ashesi University, Ghana
African Transformers is project aimed at reducing plastic waste by creatively using plastic waste to make various products such as bins and pencil holders, in the form of recycling. The African Transformers project’s team collects used bottles and makes dustbins which are then sold to the local villagers at affordable prices. They also teach simple recycling to primary school students.
Over the next academic year, African Transformers will aim to:
- Spread awareness to at least 600 students across four schools in Accra.
- Raise US $1500 from bins and T-shirts sales.
- Produce 100 bins and more than 200 small products (i.e. cases and vases.
"The world’s oceans – their temperature, chemistry, currents and life – drive global systems that make the Earth habitable for humankind. Our rainwater, drinking water, weather, climate, coastlines, much of our food, and even the oxygen in the air we breathe, are all ultimately provided and regulated by the sea. Throughout history, oceans and seas have been vital conduits for trade and transportation.
Careful management of this essential global resource is a key feature of a sustainable future. However, at the current time, there is a continuous deterioration of coastal waters owing to pollution and ocean acidification is having an adversarial effect on the functioning of ecosystems and biodiversity. This is also negatively impacting small scale fisheries.
Marine protected areas need to be effectively managed and well-resourced and regulations need to be put in place to reduce overfishing, marine pollution and ocean acidification"