Carefully managing our oceans is key to a sustainable future. (SDG 14)
Oceans are one of the world’s greatest resources. Covering more than 70 % of the planet, oceans support the environment and make the Earth habitable for humans. In fact, our rainwater, drinking water, weather, climate, coastlines, much of our food, and even the oxygen in the air we breathe, are all ultimately controlled by our oceans.
Oceans even absorb about 30% of carbon dioxide produced by humans. And did you know that roughly 80% of marine and coastal pollution originates on land, including things like agricultural run-off, pesticides, plastics, and untreated sewage?
June 8 was World Ocean’s Day! What better time to affirm how we need to get serious about marine conservation? In Canada, colleges and institutes are leading ground-breaking research in the marine and coastal sector that helps protect life below water (SDG 14):
- At Memorial University, the Fisheries and Marine Institute is one of the most respected centres of oceans education and applied research in the world. It supports a comprehensive approach to ocean research and development by providing access to vessels, technology, technical expertise, and partnerships opportunities.
- At Cégep de Rimouski, the Maritime Institute of Quebec boasts more than 350 applied research projects in areas such as maritime engineering and environmental technologies to provide solutions for marine-industry professionals.
- Similarly, Merinov at the Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles specializes in applied research related to fishing, aquaculture, and transformation of marine bio-resources.
- At Georgian College the Centre for Marine Training and Research is home to leading-edge facilities and simulation equipment such a world-class Navigational Simulator, Engine Room Simulator, and Survival Craft Operation Simulator.
- As part of an applied research project at Algonquin College, a group of students in Computer Programming helped develop an app that can track lost fishing gear that might inadvertently harm fish and other marine life and leach microplastics into the water. The app makes it easy for marine workers to report lost gear to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans.
- Just last year, Nova Scotia Community College received funding to develop a new Clean Marine Propulsion Lab that will help companies develop hybrid electric and fuel cell systems to operate marine vessels such as in-shore fishing craft and tour boats. These innovations will make the vessels cheaper to operate, quieter and less polluting.
- At the Université Sainte-Anne, the Centre for Marine Research works closely with partners to ensure the sustainability of the marine industry in rural communities through innovation, education, and research. Project areas include commercial fishing, aquaculture, and adapting to the effects of climate change.
Don’t forget to join the SDG Accord! The Accord inspires, celebrates, and advances the critical role of education in delivering on the SDGs. As signatories, we maximize the impact of our efforts, share knowledge, commit to doing more, and hold each other accountable.
Healthy and sustainable oceans (SDG 14) are essential to a healthy planet. The next ten years mark United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development. Take some time to think about what part you can play in helping to conserve our ocean ecosystems.
- New supports available to help Canadore College’s international students be successful. (SDG 4)
- Durham College launches three Pre-Apprenticeship programs to remove barriers to employment. (SDG 4)
- Le Cégep de Trois-Rivières reçoit près de 11,2 M$ pour l’acquisition et l’aménagement d’équipements. (SDG 9)
That’s a wrap: Perspective LIVE season 2
The second season of Perspectives LIVE has officially come to a close. This season, we covered a wide variety of topics, but we only touched the tip of the iceberg. Watch all the episodes on our YouTube channel. Be sure to continue the conversation on your campus to contribute to positive change within college and institutes across Canada!
50 years: A look at our history!
We’ve been passionate about protecting the environment since the 1990s! Did you know that in 1992, we launched our first Environmental Task Group to explore the environmental projects and policies undertaken by colleges and institutes and at various levels of government? Explore the history of our environmental advocacy. (SDG 13)
New resources! Help your students succeed in skilled trades programs. (SDG 10)
A brand-new collection of tools and resources is now available to support underrepresented groups in skilled trades, including women, Indigenous peoples, newcomers, and persons with disabilities. Use and share these resources within your networks to ensure that all students can pursue fulfilling careers in trades!
Last chance: Learn from your colleagues and strengthen your leadership skills!
Help under-represented groups in the trades access pre-apprenticeship training designed to support their success. (SDG 10)
We are looking for institutional partners to participate in our Pre-Apprenticeship Pathways Program! Be one of five colleges and institutes selected to implement and evaluate pre-apprenticeship pilot programs supporting Indigenous people, newcomers, women, persons with disabilities and youth. Deadline: June 22.
Join us to develop new virtual simulations to enhance healthcare education. (SDG 4)
Virtu-WIL is back for Phase II! Join us and Simulation Canada as an institutional partner in one of four main areas: developing clinical scenarios and virtual simulations; providing support and training on equity, diversity, and inclusion practices; establishing and implementing an evaluation framework; or helping to deliver the Virtu-WIL program. Submit before June 20.
Support women’s involvement in skilled trades training in the Caribbean. (SDG 5)
Become a consultant as part of our Skills to Access the Green Economy Program (SAGE) in six Caribbean countries and help develop new strategies to involve women in skills trades! Deadline: June 30.
REMINDER: Help develop, deliver, and enhance skills training in Tanzania. (SDG 5)
Our Empowerment Through Skills Program in Tanzania is seeking institutional partners to develop and deliver skills training programs that are community-demand-driven, competency-based, and support gender and human rights in twelve communities across Tanzania. Submit before June 28.
Have you heard of Worldchat.live Education? It’s an online platform created by an instructor at Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles that connects students and teachers around the globe to expand learning and stimulate intercultural exchange! Since launching a year ago, the platform has grown from 1,000 to 5,000 students and includes users from Vietnam, Brazil, Portugal, Argentina and many more countries! (SDG 4)
Humber College appointed Ann Marie Vaughan as the new President & CEO. Cégep de Lévis appointed Isabelle Tremblay as Director of Studies.
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