The Millennium Oceans Prize celebrates and supports students who are leading movements and campaigns focused on SDG 14. MCN is inviting any undergraduate student who is passionate about a social or environmental issue to come up with a concrete campaign idea and apply! Learn more below about our current Millennium Oceans Prize campaign winner African Transformers , and the previous Millennium Oceans Prize recipients.
African Transformers is a project led by Denver Chikokonya & Lloyd Teta 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. Read more about their work here.
A campaign led by Jodi Robertson, a student from Northeastern University, on the importance of Leaving No Trace when scuba diving.
Raising Fins came as a result of Jodi's research project “Achieving Conservation through Sustainable Marine Tourism: Synthesizing Social-Ecological Outcomes of SCUBA Diving.” Using a literature review of scientific literature about the outcomes of recreational scuba diving, the research clearly indicates that divers cause significant harm to the environment. From breaking coral, to raising sediment, interacting with wildlife and manipulating the environment to suit our entertainment, it was clear that the net impact on the environment is significantly deleterious. In response, this initiative aims to create a set of responsible diving behaviors and principles that will guide divers both in the water and back on land. It will turn every diver into an advocate for the ocean. The campaign has been spotlighted by Northeastern University runs through November 2018.
Clean Streets, Clean Sea!
Pédrisson and Emmanuelson Bernard, from Carrefour, Haiti identified that the lack of waste management in their community was creating extreme pollution in their nearby ocean. The streets are filled with trash and waste and when it rains, it all flows into the sea. To solve this problem, they believed that they first must implement a proper waste management system. They inspired community youth to become engaged in cleaning Carrefour, therefore, creating more job opportunities. They also aimed to create sustainable change by educating families on how to properly dispose of waste. By tackling the root source of ocean pollution in their area, poor waste management, they created a domino affect of change. As they say, it doesn't matter where you are from, "we share one sea!"
10 by 2020
Millennium Oceans Prize winner Emily Nocito, as a senior at Stony Brook University, led discussions surrounding marine stewardship for her campaign, 10 by 2020. This campaign advocated for the creation of Marine Protected Areas as outlined in Sustainable Development Goal 14. Webinar participants had the opportunity to hear from researchers and international ambassadors to learn how to mobilize peers on their own university campuses for this cause.