Fri. Aug 14th, 2020

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Planet Aware launches Ocean Challenge!

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Come and join in the Planet Aware Ocean Challenge this summer.

Come and join in the Planet Aware Ocean Challenge this summer.

The challenge is a series of 7 tasks to get people of all ages out to the coast and having fun while learning about some of the issues our Ocean faces. The Planet Aware Ocean Challenge was developed from an original idea suggested by University of Portsmouth marine biology student Kai Grundy.

The Challenge is aimed at people on the Isle of Wight and along the Solent coast and runs between now and 6 September but can be done anywhere in the UK.

Anyone who completes all or some of the challenges can get a certificate emailed at the end to show they have taken part.

Planet Aware’s Sarah Marshall said, “This is a great opportunity for families as well as individuals to start thinking more of the challenges that face our Oceans at the same time as getting involved in some fun activities.This is the first year of the challenge and we’d love feedback from those who take it on to develop it further for next year.”

Anne Sayer of Planet Aware said, “It has been great to work with Kai who has provided a fresh perspective in showing the importance of our coasts and seas to a wider audience. Because of the pandemic it has not been possible to run our usual Planet Aware events, but this Challenge offers a different way of getting people engaged with our coasts.”

Kai Grundy said, “As someone who studies the ocean intensively, I know how incredibly important it is to get more people aware of the struggles that our ocean community faces and how we can all play a part in tackling these. Also, the ocean is my favourite place in the world and this project is a super fun way to learn about our oceans. Who doesn’t love looking in rock pools for fun and interesting critters!”

You can find full details of the individual challenges including downloadable information and sheets for younger participants at www.planetaware.co.uk

Planet Aware is also looking for businesses to sponsor next year’s Challenge so please get in touch with us via info@planetaware.co.uk .