Ocean Literacy and Behaviour Change

Ocean literacy is widely defined as an understanding of how the ocean influences us and how we influence the ocean. The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO has also described ocean literacy as the development of a “civic relationship with the ocean.” The ocean is a vital source of food and oxygen, and it regulates the Earth's climate and weather patterns. Understanding the ocean and our impact on it can help us make informed decisions and take actions to protect oceans, its habitats and its resources both locally and globally.

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