Each individual or group who submits to the Ocean Awareness Student Contest must have an adult sponsor. Sponsors are usually teachers, parents, or mentors. We ask each student to have a sponsor so that if we have trouble getting in touch with a student, we have an alternative means of contact. We think that one of the most important parts of ocean advocacy is building relationships and having conversations about ocean issues. Regardless of how closely sponsors do or do not work with students as they prepare their submissions, we encourage students and sponsors to use each other to practice talking about climate change and how the creative arts can make a meaningful difference in our world. We also offer nomination-based Sponsor Recognition Awards of $750! Students, nominate your awesome sponsor by using this online form . More information for Sponsors and Teachers >
Adverse air quality can kill many organisms including humans. Ozone pollution can cause respiratory disease , cardiovascular disease , throat inflammation, chest pain, and congestion . Water pollution causes approximately 14,000 deaths per day, mostly due to contamination of drinking water by untreated sewage in developing countries . An estimated 500 million Indians have no access to a proper toilet,   Over ten million people in India fell ill with waterborne illnesses in 2013, and 1,535 people died, most of them children.  Nearly 500 million Chinese lack access to safe drinking water.  A 2010 analysis estimated that million people died prematurely each year in China because of air pollution.  The WHO estimated in 2007 that air pollution causes half a million deaths per year in India.  Studies have estimated that the number of people killed annually in the United States could be over 50,000.