Luana Jungmann is a Marine Conservationist and Environmental Educator, who travelled the world to discover different cultures and dealt with a variety of marine conservation topics. Her marine biology and teaching background inspired the creation of a concept that could meet the increasing demand to pass on the information collected by scientists to the public in a pedagogical and fun way.
Baba Dioum once said: “ In the end we will conserve only what we love, we will love only what we understand, and we will understand only what we are taught”. Those wise words inspired the creation of CuriOcean, a project aiming to raise awareness on marine conservation topics.
Curiosity, Comprehension and Conservation: Three very important ideas to help protect our oceans, and who better to carry on the flame of hope? Future generations!
Many threats lie upon the ocean shoulders, from plastic to noise pollution, from overfishing to invasive species, while the balance of our planet depends on healthy seas.
Based on Luanas past and current experiences and research she decided to build a project able to bring a sense of wonder and excitement about the ocean to junior and high school students in the hope that they will feel inspired to become leaders for marine conservation efforts. CuriOcean workshops cover a wide range of topics from marine mammals conservation to marine litter and biodiversity and are based in the schools curriculum.
At the end of each workshop the kids receive a certificate attesting the level and skills learned during the activities. They also write a “report”, which is a drawing, a poster, a comic strip, anything the kids feel more comfortable with to show what they have learned or explain the activity they have preferred.
Up to now CuriOcean reached more than 10 schools, 20 classes and 500 kids between 7 and 12 years old and it is just the beginning !
There are three different workshops available: (each one has a basic and an advanced level)
– The workshop on marine mammals gives an overview on local marine mammals, their importance, threats and current research. It’s a great opportunity to gain an insight into a marine mammals researcher’s typical day. The participants are guided through an introduction on marine mammals, acoustics, photo-identification and stranding response, presented with a sense of fun and curiosity.
– The workshop on marine litter focuses on the different types of marine litter, how they end up in the ocean and the small day-to-day actions that can help reduce waste. The activities are adapted to different age groups and are done in a playful way.
– The biodiversity workshop gives an overview of how diverse marine life can be and how it is fundamentally linked to a healthy ecosystem. Participants will discover many fascinating and funny species, and gain an understanding of just how important ocean diversity is to the planet as a whole.
CuriOcean is currently based in Ireland but the long term goal will be to travel around the World, starting in Europe and spreading conservation efforts, empowering kids and teachers to be agents for a better future.