EARTH Climate and Ocean Education Symposium

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Date: June 19-23, 2017

Location: MBARI—Monterey, CA

Hosts: MBARIWorldTeach, Stevenson School


“We are the first generation to be able to end poverty, and the last generation that can take steps to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. Future generations will judge us harshly if we fail to uphold our moral and historical responsibilities” ~Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary General, United Nations

Join the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI), WorldTeach and Stevenson School as you learn how to review and integrate real time ocean data as an educational tool.


The symposium provides the following outcomes:

  • Engagement on the concept of observatory (surface, benthic, and pelagic) data in education and advocacy
  • Curricula enabling educators, students and environmental advocates to utilize ocean data
  • Culturally-appropriate ways to approach ocean science for Pacific Islanders


Confirmed Participants in the Ocean and Climate Education Symposium include:

  1. MBARI Leadership: Dr. George Matsumoto (Senior Education and Research Specialist)
  2. Monterey Bay Aquarium
  3. Stanford University
  4. World Teach Alumni and Leadership
  5. Upcoming WorldTeach American Samoa and Marshall Islands Volunteers
  6. Stevenson School Faculty
  7. Micronesia Conservation Trust

MBARI’s mission is to achieve and maintain a position as a world center for advanced research and education in ocean science and technology.

Recognizing the need to educate the public about the value of research and help them understand scientific methodology, this MBARI/Monterey Bay Aquarium (MBA) collaboration allows us to test new ideas for public outreach and education. One of MBARI’s joint projects with MBA, Education and Research: Testing Hypotheses (EARTH) lays new groundwork, providing teachers with a means for integrating real-time data with existing educational standards and tested curriculum in an interactive and engaging way.

EARTH uses near-real-time data from ocean observatories to design and test outreach with the Internet as an interface to scientists, teachers, students, and the public. Several workshops were held at MBARI in 2002-2005 bringing educators, scientists, and engineers together to develop effective educational practices for access and use of near-real-time data in preparation for the future deployment of benthic observatories (in particular, the Monterey Accelerated Research System, MARS). Since 2006 MBARI has partnered with a variety of organizations across the country to host the EARTH workshop.

WorldTeach has operated volunteer teaching programs in the Pacific Islands since 2003. These small island nations of the Marshall Islands, American Samoa, and Micronesia are on the forefront of dealing with the effects of climate change.  As an organization with long-standing relationships in the Pacific, we must have a deeper and broader impact on building climate change awareness in the world.  We want to be a part of the solution — empowering their citizens with climate education strategies, ocean literacy and data gathering skills. The symposium will enable our alumni and upcoming volunteers to facilitate educational learning activities with students, while expanding the network of climate justice activists. Over the years, more than 700 volunteer teachers have participated in WorldTeach Pacific Island programs.  They have devoted a year or more of their lives to educating students, immersing themselves in mutual cultural exchange and modeling responsible global citizenship.

Founded in 1952, Stevenson School is a selective coeducational boarding and day school with 750 students and 30 buildings on 50 acres of land and two campuses. The 500-student upper division, comprised of grades 9-12, is located on the Pebble Beach Campus, where about 60% of students reside in six faculty-supervised dormitories; the lower and middle divisions, totaling 250 students in grades PK-8, are located on the Carmel Campus.

As an American school with a global sensibility, Stevenson is premised on a vision of education as the means by which we discover the world and contribute to its transformation. We believe that one’s education is best pursued in the company of others, for others’ benefit as well as one’s own. Our Latin motto—Suaviter in modo, fortiter in re (Gentle in manner, resolute in action)—inspires humility and perseverance.

Our mission includes three aims: to prepare students for success in college and beyond, to foster their passion for learning and achievement, and to help them shape a joyful life.

Created in 2002, the Micronesia Conservation Trust (MCT) supports biodiversity conservation and related sustainable development for the people of Micronesia. MCT accomplishes this by providing long-term, sustained funding through a grants program that encourages people to adopt sustainable and appropriate solutions to local environmental challenges.

The MCT is a private corporation with a governing board of 9 members, including members from international, regional national, state, and municipal governments, NGOs, business, financial and academic institutions.

The MCT is working to mobilize funding from a variety of public and private sources to build an endowment of US $20 million to provide long-term support for sustainable biodiversity resource management in Micronesia. In addition to providing financial support, MCT places special emphasis on building the capacity of Micronesian organizations to design and manage conservation programs. MCT also provides a forum to bring together people from government, private enterprise, and community and non-profit organizations to collectively address the challenges of natural resource management in Micronesia, enhance public-private partnerships, and share experiences and best practices.

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