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 Works
1. Register, Set, Go.
First, register—it’s both easy and required. Then, dip into our resources and join teachers and students worldwide in exploring the ocean, coral reefs, and the people who live closest to them.
2. Make ocean-inspired paper art and send it to us.
Use what you learn to create sea creatures (or an entire reef!) from paper or other recycled materials (think origami, collage—anything you can create with accessible materials.) You can submit your art digitally with photos or send us the art via mail.
3. Help heal the ocean—and support the communities that depend on it most.
For every artwork you send us, the Bezos Family Foundation will donate $2 (up to $500K) toward youth-focused ocean conservation and restoration efforts in coastal communities, helping to increase awareness, provide jobs and build community resilience.
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.
You can help turn the tide.
First, learn about the threats facing our ocean. Second, create a sea creature from paper and consider one thing you can do personally to help protect the ocean. Then send your art to us. For every artwork we receive, the Bezos Family Foundation will donate funding to educate and train a new generation of citizen-conservationists who can help bring our ocean back to health.
Youth supporting youth.
The donations your art generates will fund youth-focused, science-based programs in partnership with The Nature Conservancy and other deserving organizations. Young people will gain valuable education and practical job skills as they monitor and evaluate local waters and help restore endangered coral reefs. We expect the programs to engage more than 3,500 coastal youth.
Showcasing the problem—and your art.
To highlight the urgency of the threats facing our ocean, we’ll work with an artist to create an exhibit featuring student-centered art. That means your work could appear in a major public venue and help teach others about the need for ocean conservation. Check back for more information on how this year’s art will be exhibited once the challenge ends.
Have you registered?
Registering is free, easy, and ensures that every artwork you create results in a donation. (It’s also required.)