The Wave of the Future: What Do the Youth of America Think?


Thursday, June 11, 2015

Decisions today will affect society, the ocean, and the planet for years to come. The youth of America are motivated and educated, and they are fervently engaging in activism to shape the world they want to inherit. Social media and new technology have amplified the voices of the next generation and have empowered them to take on challenges and inspire social movements for the ocean. CHOW 2015 will invite several of these youth leaders to take the national stage and discuss current marine conservation issues, the importance of science and environmental education, and influencing ocean governance.

Opening Remarks

The Honorable Lois Capps
U.S. House of Representatives, CA-24 and Co-Chair, National Marine Sanctuary Caucus


Daniela Fernandez
President and Founder, Georgetown Sustainable Oceans Alliance


Cole W. Kolasa
Scubanauts International, Florida

Hannah MacDonald
Alumna, Ocean for Life and Volunteer, Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, Michigan

Nate Marshall
Boise High School, Winners of the National Ocean Science Bowl, Idaho

Nicolle Sabreena Martinez
New York Harbor School and New York Harbor Foundation, New York

Joshua L. Monette 
Neah Bay High School and Member of the Makah Indian Tribe, Washington State

Closing Remarks

The Honorable Dan Benishek
U.S. House of Representatives, MI-01 and Co-Chair, National Marine Sanctuary Caucus

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