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Empowering young people with climate and ocean science: five strategies for adults to consider


Kelly, R and Elsler, LG and Polejack, A and van der Linden, S and Tonnesson, K and Schoedinger, SE and Santoro, F and Pecl, GT and Palmgren, M and Mariani, P and Glithero, D and Evans, K and Cvitanovic, C and Cook, J and Bartram, J and Wisz, MS, Empowering young people with climate and ocean science: five strategies for adults to consider, One Earth, 5, (8) pp. 861-874. ISSN 2590-3330 (2022) [Other Review]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.oneear.2022.07.007


Young people are the leaders of the future. Many young people are concerned and overwhelmed about the impacts of climate and ocean change and are emerging as advocates for action. However, challenges including social injustice, climate anxiety, nature disconnectedness, and fake news limit their ability to protect their future from the impacts of climate and ocean change. The conventional dissemination of new scientific knowledge alone is not enough to prepare and empower young people to cope with these challenges. Here, we present five actionable strategies to engage and empower young people with climate and ocean science in support of long-term sustainability: inclusion of diverse voices, active dialogue-based science learning, connection to nature, critical thinking skills, and co-created visions of a sustainable future. These strategies can help to strengthen young people's engagement and agency to meet climate and ocean challenges. Together, the strategies can synergistically empower young people to have a say in shaping their sustainable future.

Item Details

Item Type:Other Review
Keywords:young people, climate change, ocean futures
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental management
Research Field:Conservation and biodiversity
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Marine systems and management
Objective Field:Marine systems and management not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Kelly, R (Dr Rachel Kelly)
UTAS Author:Pecl, GT (Professor Gretta Pecl)
ID Code:154437
Year Published:2022
Deposited By:Fisheries and Aquaculture
Deposited On:2022-11-30
Last Modified:2022-11-30

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