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youth can change the world

NEW ORLEANS, LA  |  JUNE 2 - 4, 2018


join us, Become an ocean hero


At the Ocean Heroes Bootcamp existing and emerging youth leaders will have the chance to work with Squad Leaders and Mentors to create your own campaign to take action against ocean plastic pollution, starting with the single-use plastic straw! 

Learn how to apply or nominate a youth leader here or support a future ocean hero, donate here.

Celebrate UN World Environment Day

Celebrate actor and environmental activist Aidan Gallagher's designation as a UN Environment Goodwill Ambassador for North America! Aidan will become the youngest ambassador to be designated by UN Environment.


Meet your squad mentors


Danni Washington

TV Host, Ocean Advocate and Co-Founder of Big Blue & You 


Adrian Grenier

Actor, UN Environment Goodwill Ambassador & Lonely Whale Co-Founder


Dr. Marcus Eriksen

Scientist & Co-Founder of the 5 Gyres Institute


Jeff Kirschner

Founder, Litterati App


Erin Schrode

Citizen activist & Social Entrepreneur


Henry Pincus

Founder, Point Break Foundation


Sondra Weiss

Art Educator, Lost Art of Love Letters


Emy Kane

Digital Strategy, Lonely Whale


Angela Sun

Journalist, Sportscaster, & Documentary Filmmaker


Rachael Coccia

Director of Youth Initiatives, The Ocean Project


Doorae Shin

Plastic Free Hawaiʻi Program Manager, Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation


Michael Doshi

Education Coordinator, Algalita


Meet your squad leaders


Melati & Isabel Wisjen


Saanya Bhargava


Olivia & Carter Ries


Hannah Testa


Liam Burns


Sophia Abelita



What happens at the Ocean Heroes Bootcamp?


Designed for youth leaders between 11 - 18, the Ocean Heroes Bootcamp will give you the scientific knowledge, campaign development tools, coaching, inspiration and support you need to create change. View the full program here.

During the Bootcamp you and your Squad will create your campaign to reduce plastic pollution through the single-use plastic straw. The campaigns you create during Ocean Heroes Bootcamp will be delivered to world leaders at the 2018 G7 Summit in Canada.

Ready to change the world? Learn how to apply below.



Join the Team

Receive updates from Squad Mentors and Leaders about how you can get involved in New Orleans or at home.


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hosted at aquarium of the americas

Hosted at Audubon Aquarium of the Americas. Online Learning Lessons Presented by OceanWise

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