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.

2019 Millennium Oceans Prize Recipients

Afsal Mohammed B & Bismi Biju
TKM College of Engineering, India

As part of a large youth camp training, this campaign aims to engage young leaders collecting floating/included non-biodegradable contaminants out from the water bodies in the location where the camp will be based. The collected waste would be transferred to the Plastic Recovery Unit located at the same village where these items would be segregated and crushed out to tiny pieces on allowing it to pass through the Plastic Shredding Machine at the Plastic Recovery Unit.

Over the next academic year, the team will aim to work on:

  1. Capacity Development and Awareness to work for SDG 14 and AICHI target 1 with youth as focal point- our primary goal is to invest on the youth citizens molding them up to be capable of finding out and implementing possible sustainable solutions for the conservation of biodiversity and living beings in, around and below the water.
  2. Connecting the dots- There are people and organizations working for the cause, the local government have few initiatives and policies, the fisherman are concerned, majority of public are not happy with current situation. We are trying to connect the stakeholders to find inclusive solutions and facilitate cooperation among the stakeholders.
  3. Re-establish and Re-bulid the Waste Management System of the local administration and would increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the Plastic Recovery Centre, thereby eradicate 50 percent of plastic waste out of the village adopting the 3R principle.

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:

  1. Spread awareness to at least 600 students across four schools in Accra.
  2. Raise US $1500 from bins and T-shirts sales.
  3. Produce 100 bins and more than 200 small products (i.e. cases and vases.

Follow African Transformers on Facebook to learn more.

2018 Winner Announcement Surprise Call for the Millennium Oceans Prize

"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"

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals