The ocean, our future: an Ocean Decade program

by Australian National Maritime Museum

(Government)

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The Australian National Maritime Museum is coordinating a 10-year program of activities in support of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development 2021-2030.

Project implemented: January 2021

Project goal

As a national museum with international reach, the program goal is to communicate ocean futures to local, regional, national and international audiences to increase public ocean literacy.

delivering on

why is this project important?

Australians are concerned about ocean futures.  As a national org. in service to a marine nation, we must foster ocean literacy at home and abroad.

 

 

Key steps to make it happen

12021 Program

Exhibitions, collection, webpage, onsite and online learning programs launch. Will update with 2022-30 program annually.

2Ocean Literacy survey

The museum is developing a national survey for tracking Australian ocean literacy over the decade.

impact to date

79% of members
Indicated that they were ‘likely’ or ‘very likely’ to visit an exhibition on oceans, rivers and climate
90% of members
said that it would be educational.

The Program has already achieved positive partnership outcomes and increased community engagement. It will continue to develop partnerships with universities, NGOs, industry and other identified organisations and communities with links to current and future maritime technology, ocean health and science.

The program is a series of exhibitions, informal and formal learning programs, public events, symposia, Ocean Talks, the Ambassador Bill Lane Sustainable Oceans Prize, publications and citizen science. It launches in 2021 with an international learning program (Australia-USA-Pacific) aligned with Decade themes, a link to our new contemporary and historic oceanographic instrumentation collection, and our first major exhibition VAST: the ocean, our future. The museum is partnering with national and international research organisations, government agencies, industry and communities to share stories of ocean innovations, science, community action, energy futures and sustainable industries.

Three major exhibitions will be developed throughout the Decade which will travel nationally and internationally. Smaller exhibitions are to be developed to reach remote and regional areas throughout Australia. Learning programs are delivered on-site for physical audiences (formal and informal learning as well as public programs) and online as in addition to local, regional and online public events.

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