Protecting Children's Rights to Development and Culture by Re-Imagining 'Ocean Literacies'

Mia Strand, Sophie Shields, Elisa Morgera, Dylan Mcgarry, Alana Lancaster, Lindy Brown, Bernadette Snow

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Abstract

This paper explores the relevance of existing international legal standards on children's human rights to a healthy ocean. In particular, we reflect on the still underestimated importance of a healthy ocean for children's human right to development and cultural rights. Focusing on environmental education, we argue that the concept of ocean literacy should rather be conceptualised as a plurality of ‘ocean literacies’ to better account for multiple ocean knowledges. Ocean literacies in environmental education should be re-imagined to better emphasise a systems approach to the ocean, integrating aspects of environmental justice and avoiding the psychological pressure on children to be responsible for the future of the environment. The paper concludes by providing specific recommendations for contextualising and re-imagining ocean literacies in a time where there is an increased global focus on ocean literacy through the UN Ocean Decade.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)941-975
Number of pages35
JournalThe International Journal of Children's Rights
Volume31
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 4 Dec 2023

Keywords

  • children's rights
  • development and cultural rights
  • environmental education
  • ocean literacies
  • environmental justice
  • UN Ocean Decade

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