This program introduces you to many of the global challenges that our ocean faces today. Each section will focus on a particular problem, like ocean plastics. We will describe how the problem developed, why it is an important issue, and what people like you are doing to reduce the problem's impact on the ocean.
Each section also includes stories that highlight the work of scientists, SSI Training Centers, and other individuals or organizations making positive changes on a daily basis. As you read these stories, think about how you can apply their lessons to your everyday life, or how you can encourage your community to take action.
This manual should not be final step in your marine conservation education. It is simply a tool that should help increase your awareness of the issues, but awareness isn't enough. We need to take actions to improve, protect, and preserve the marine environment for both this generation and the generations to come.
Even though the information in this manual might seem scary, the program is intended to be fun and challenging learning experience. It presents modern scientific research and real-world case studies designed to train you to makr intelligent, informed decisions.
As you read through the pages in this program, take notes, record your thoughts and feelings, and track any question you may have for your peers, your SSI Training Center or SSI Professional, or the people you work with. Hopefully, you can create a dialogue with others that creates positive change for the ocean.