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The International Ocean-Climate School of the Ocean Open University
Ocean, coast & climate literacy
exploring the interrelations and influences among
oceans, coastal processes, climate change, human activity & sustainability
and drawing on active- & experiential-learning methodologies, such as
participatory simulation, educational gaming and debriefing
The theme of the next session is
The Trilogy of Ocean, Coast and Climate:
The Urgency and Exigency of Literacy
The Oct 2020 session of the IOCS was a success.
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International, interdisciplinary, intercultural & interactive exploratorium
21, 28 May, 4 June, 2021
possibly 22, 29 May, 5 June
depending on participant preferences
Previously: Cagnes-sur-Mer &
Sophia Antipolis, French Riviera, France
The coronavirus Covid-19 situation has forced us to 'go virtual'. The School will be conducted on line.
Please note that this website is currently being modified and that information may change without notice.
The International Ocean-Climate School is an official event of the
United Nations Decade
of Ocean Science
for Sustainable Development.
A reminder that 15 Oct is International Geoethics Day
see https://www.geoethics.org/geoethics-day. We will work within the precepts of geoethics.
Our School is an official event of Earth Day - https://www.earthday.org/
The International Ocean-Climate School is an exploratorium*. Everyone with an interest in the well-being of our ocean is invited to apply. The School will be of interest to people who, and organisations that, have a stake in planning and acting for the future of the oceans, especially the future of the oceans as they are being shaped by accelerating global warming and climate change. We will work at the intersection or nexus of oceans and climate.
*An exploratorium may be thought of as a participant-oriented forum for the hands-on, collaborative exploration of known issues through a new lens with the purpose of opening up pragmatic, action-oriented pathways to progress. Another way to describe it is a LOLA, Live Online Learning Activity, a term coined by Sivasailam Thiagarajan, PhD, aka Thiagi.
Stakeholders may include: Researchers, decision makers, citizens, scientists, students, activists, environmental organizations, NGOs, scientific institutions, local and central government agencies and their representatives, business and industry, local politicians, health, tourism, utilities, military and transport.
Previous Schools have welcomed participants from a wide range of walks of life, skills, interests, experiences and qualifications:
Countries: Brazil, France, India, Italy, Iran, Morocco, Spain, Tunisia, UK.
Qualifications: high school leaving diploma, Bachelor's in business administration, BSc, hotel school diploma, Master, MBA, MSc, PhD, Agronomy modeller and international diplomat.
Occupations: environmental association volunteer, university, researcher, meteorology researcher, environmental studies students, researcher on reefs, CEO of a company, EN-ROADS Ambassador, web developer, project officer, activist in Fridays for Future, researcher in agent-based modelling, business person, director of Youth Climate Leaders, freelance specialist in climate finance, international diplomat and university president.
We also aim to achieve gender balance. The last session was 50-50.
Age range: Any age. In our last session, we had people all the way from 18yrs to 65yrs.
Inter: The above is is a wonderful mix of inter- international, intercultural, intergenerational, interdisciplinary, interconnectedness. Also the activities are interactive, the participants active, and we use the internet.
Start = This page.
Objectives = What we aim aim to achieve (learn) collectively & individually, terms of content and skills.
Methods = The methods and techniques deployed in the School, spirit of participation, languages used. Emphasis on experience and doing.
Admin = Schedule, Venue, Application, Fees, Payment, Certificate
Facilitators = Brief bios of your facilitators.
Support = Organisations that provide support for the School.
Orgs = Organisations that care for the oceans and/or fight to reduce global heating (and consequent climate change).
Docs = A variety of background docs (article, reports, books, documentaries, films, etc) that focus or touch on the various themes that are likely to be raised during the School.
Oct 2020 feedback = Feedback fromp parfticipants in our Oct 25020 session.
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The theme of Earth Day, 22 April, 2021 is Restore Our Earth™. We must Restore Our Earth not just because we care about the natural world, but because we live on it. Every one of us needs a healthy Earth to support our jobs, livelihoods, health & survival, and happiness.
World Oceans Day
8th June is World Oceans Day, the United Nations day for celebrating the role of the oceans in our everyday life and inspiring action to protect the ocean and sustainably use marine resources.
International Geodiversity Day
16th April is International Geodiversity Day. Geodiversity is all around you. It is all the parts of nature that are not alive, including the Earth's minerals, rocks, fossils, soils, sediments, landforms, topography, geological and morphogenetic processes, and hydrological features such as rivers and lakes. The elements that comprise geodiversity provide many benefits for people and society. From the soils we grow crops in, to the natural resources our society is built upon; from geology's regulation of our environment, to the outdoor landscapes people visit for recreation - geodiversity underpins it all.