The Ocean: Life and livelihoods

The ocean covers over 70% of the planet. It is our life source, supporting humanity’s sustenance and that of every other organism on earth.

The ocean produces at least 50% of the planet’s oxygen, it is home to most of earth’s biodiversity, and is the main source of protein for more than a billion people around the world. Not to mention, the ocean is key to our economy with an estimated 40 million people being employed by ocean-based industries by 2030.

Even with all its benefits, the ocean is now in need of support.

With 90% of big fish populations depleted, and 50% of coral reefs destroyed, we are taking more from the ocean than can be replenished. To protect and preserve the ocean and all it sustains, we must create a new balance, rooted in true understanding of the ocean and how humanity relates to it. We must build a connection to the ocean that is inclusive, innovative, and informed by lessons from the past.

“The Ocean: Life and Livelihoods” is the theme for World Oceans Day 2021, as well as a declaration of intentions that launches a decade of challenges to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal 14, “Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources”, by 2030

Plant The Seed - Unpack Your Thinking

Make Everyday World Ocean Day

Image credit: National Ocean Service


This week’s thinking routine from the Project Zero Thinking Routine Toolbox is Color, Symbol, Image. A routine for distilling the essence of ideas non-verbal.

As you are viewing and reading the infographic, make a note of things that you find interesting, important, or insightful. In your Writer’s Notebook unpack your thinking using these prompts:

  • Choose a color that you feel best represents or captures the essence of a key idea.


  • Choose a symbol that you feel best represents or captures the essence of a key idea.


  •  Choose an image that you feel best represents or captures the essence of a key idea.

Modelled Thinking

Here is my thinking – Bronwyn Joyce ‘The Global Write’ Creator

Let's Write

Prompt 1 

Create a visual voice teaching others about protecting our oceans from plastic. You can use any digital poster using buncee or you might choose to design and create a bright meaningful poster OR combine both together. 

Your aim is to raise awareness about the dangers of plastics in our oceans,  give suggestions for responsible use and be the voice that could change the world. 

Here are some examples of posters from a project called ‘Posters Against Plastic Pollution’.

See more of these remarkable posters at

Prompt 2 

Listen to Why We Need to Stop Plastic Pollution in Our Oceans FOR GOOD by Oceana

Recording key ‘Wow’ facts from the video write a persuasive writing piece convincing people to stop polluting the oceans with plastic. Don’t forget to share your writing with us here at The Global Write on our Wakelet.

Prompt 3

My Pledge for World Oceans Day 2021

🌊 This World Oceans Day we want you to make a pledge to do something to change, or to improve, the way that you use, reuse or recycle your plastic waste.  🌊

You can make a difference and help to save our oceans.

What will you do?

Make a short video stating what you will do.

Start your video by saying “My name is (first name) and this World Oceans Day I pledge to…”

Make sure you share your pledge in The Global Write Flipgrid group.

Let's Create with AMAZELAB

Add the creativity of STEAM to learning, new ideas each week brought to you by the sensational team at AMAZELAB in the UK.

This week Leonie from AMAZELAB has something for you all that connects to World Ocean Day.  


Share Your Thinking & Creativity With The World

Place you let’s write work or your AMAZELAB creation on a Buncee and post to ‘The Global Write’ Buncee Board. Take a photo of your work and share it on our Wakelet or tell us all about your writing or creations on Flipgrid.

All you need to do is click on your button of choice and share your great work with a global audience.

Our Ocean through the eyes of 'The Global Write' Youth Ambassador Olivia

Olivia was inspired this week by the urgency to protect our oceans. 

Teacher Resources

For more information on the Color, Symbol, Image thinking routine go to

The UN Sustainable Goal and Good Life Goal we are supporting this week are:

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