All living things depend on the ocean—for oxygen, food, a stable climate, and more. But warming temperatures, overfishing, and pollution are negatively affecting ocean waters and marine life, and those effects will touch all of us worldwide—unless we act quickly.
How it Worked
1. Register, Set, Grow.
More than 1,000 teams in 40 countries participated in the Ocean Challenge, making it one of the largest campaigns in our 10-year history!
2. Waves of student-made sea creatures rolled in.
Over 100,000 students mobilized to help reach our goal of making 250,000 sea creatures! Each was matched with a $2 donation from the Bezos Family Foundation to support conservation-related programs.
3. Student-generated support helped our ocean and supported communities that depend on it most.
The $500,000 in donations helped 9 nonprofit organizations train coastal youth in ocean conservation and coral restoration. An exhibit featuring student-made artwork will also be featured at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium, opening on July 23, 2019.
Why the Ocean?
The ocean sustains us. It’s time to return the favor.
Coastal communities stand to lose the most.
For the 60 percent of the population that lives on coastlines, the stakes are even higher.
In particular, coastal residents and those with low incomes are disproportionately affected. These communities contribute the least to damaging the ocean, yet experience the brunt of the problems that result.
Continue turning the tide.
Even though the Ocean Challenge has ended, the threats facing our ocean continue. Check out the Ocean Challenge drop down on our resources page to find learning materials and video related to conservation.
Youth supporting youth.
The donations generated by student-made art funded youth-focused, science-based programs in partnership with The Nature Conservancy and other deserving organizations. Young people gained valuable education and practical job skills as they monitor and evaluate local waters and help restore endangered coral reefs. These programs impacted over 3,500 coastal youth.
A flourishing finish!
To highlight the amazing students’ artwork we received, we partnered with the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago to create an art exhibit featuring their art at which opened on July 23, 2019. Although the exhibit was only scheduled for a month, given its popularity, it was extended for several months until October 2019.