Posted: September 6, 2019
Eco Year Challenge - Ocean Conservation

Want to be a better friend to the environment but don't know how to get started? Join in the fun with WPL's 12 month Eco Year Challenge! From April 2019 to April 2020 we are working with partners to host events and fun activities that will inspire you to get green -- because little changes can make a big difference.

Theese events are also in celebration of Science Literacy Week, a week-long celebration of science and oceans research in Canada.

Ocean Conservation in September

Science Literacy Ocean Fun Run
Friday, September 20
2:00pm to 4:00pm
John M. Harper Branch
For kids in grades 1 to 6.
In our Ocean Fun Run, explore what’s living at different levels of the ocean. The farther you run, the more sea creatures you will discover. And when you’re done, you’re invited to dive in for a free swim at the YMCA.

Documentary Screening: Chasing Coral

Tuesday, October 1
Main Library
7:30pm to 8:15pm

Join a team of divers, photographers and scientists as they set out on a thrilling ocean adventure to reveal why corals are vanishing from our planet. Learn how you can help conservation efforts.

5 Simple Tips From Jesse

Jesse Hildebrand is the founder of Science Literacy Week, VP at Exploring By The Seat of Your Pants and Producer of The Story Collider.

1. Use less single use plastic! That can mean asking for a drink with no straw at a restaurant, packing a litterless lunch, getting daily coffee in a take out mug or a huge variety of other things! By doing so, you prevent plastic waste from entering the ocean and contribute to a waste free world.

2. Choose sustainable seafood. Many fish are taken in quantities that are unsustainable and will ultimately lead to the extinction of the species. The Organization Ocean Wise has a symbol you can find in grocery stores and restaurants, as well as a huge online database highlighting what fish are caught in a good way so they'll be around for centuries to come -

3. Reduce your carbon footprint - two of the biggest challenges facing ocean life stem from CO2 emissions - climate change and ocean acidification. Now these are huge problems, requiring huge solutions, but you can do your part by walking, biking and taking public transit whenever you can! By doing so you reduce your emissions and for the former two get fit as well!

4. Clean up a beach! Whether we live on rivers, lakes, or directly on the sea, all bodies of water lead to the ocean eventually. By cleaning up trash you not only beautify the shoreline, but contribute as a citizen to your community and inspire others to be more conscious of their waste. The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup has an easy to use program to do it in the best way and contribute to science in the process -

5. Most importantly, learn more! This can be through online resources or books where you can educate yourself about the amazing ocean world we live on and all the creatures within, but best of all, get out to a coast and explore! Kayak, swim, take in the sea breeze! By connecting yourself with our blue planet you'll be inspired to do even more to keep it healthy for future generations!

Reading List

  1. Manfish : a story of Jacques Cousteau by Jennifer Berne (eBook)
  2. The World is Blue by Sylvia Earle
  3. The Ocean Wise Cookbook edited by Jane Mundy
  4. Endangered Oceans by Jody Rake

Eco-Year Themes


  • April : Celebrate Nature (our Eco Challenge launch!)
  • May : Biking & Alternative Transportation
  • June : Composting & Gardening
  • July : Bees, Butterflies & Birds
  • August : Upcycling
  • September : Ocean Conservation
  • October : Textile Waste
  • November : Dispose Properly
  • December : Eco Holiday


  • January : Water
  • February : Animals
  • March : 100 Mile Diet
  • April : Energy Conservation