• Tara Stafford Ocansey

Discovering SDG 14 Learning Resources

Updated: Jun 5, 2021

This Summer, the Eco Ambassador program hosted by the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University’s Earth Institute is inviting middle and high school students to take part in a program focused on “SDG 14 Life Below Water: Storytelling with ArcGIS".

In this summer program, a partnership with Esri and SDGs Today, students will take part in workshops and panel discussions to explore issues of interest relating to SDG 14, and learn skills for using ArcGIS and StoryMaps to support their research and advocacy for the SDGs. More info on the summer program can be found on our Eco Ambassador page here and in this StoryMap.

To help Eco Ambassadors identify their SDG 14 issues of interest for their summer StoryMap projects, the below selections provide a wide array of multimedia learning resources, activities, and toolkits from leading institutions and organizations that explore various oceans and fisheries-related issues, as well as data sources that help show where we stand in relation to achieving SDG 14 targets.


Earth Institute Live: K-12 Education

This online channel features experts from across Columbia University’s Earth Institute presenting relevant sustainability content in 60-minute live sessions for K12 students and educators. Through these videos, the program aims to bring interdisciplinary research across the Earth Institute to classrooms. Each session features an appropriate targeted age range based on the topic, and the sessions vary between topical lectures, demos, and skills-based training. Many of the videos also feature additional educational resources related to the content covered in these online sessions. Select sessions featuring SDG 14-related topics for middle and high school are linked below:

UNESCO SDG Resources for Educators

As part of UNESCO’s SDG Resources for Educators, the page for SDG 14 includes sections for early childhood, primary, and secondary education, with pedagogical resources for teachers, as well as activities and multimedia resources to learn more about marine ecosystems and how we can sustain them.

National Geographic: Ocean Education

This wealth of interactive multimedia activities and resources are organized by grade level – K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12, with additional links to toolkits for taking local community action.

Ocean Wise

Ocean Wise offers two levels of “Ocean Literacy” courses for students, for middle school (grades 7-9), and high school (grades 10-12). The site also has resources for teachers.

Ocean Literacy courses tailored for middle and high school students

SCIC Online Global Citizenship Education Resources

Canada’s Saskatchewan Council for International Cooperation offers their own resource hub linking to various resources, including Netflix documentaries and TED Talks focused on Life Below Water.


SDGs Today

SDGs Today, part of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, is the global hub for real-time SDG Data, with datasets as well as collections of StoryMaps for each of the 17 SDGs. Resources for SDG 14 are linked below:

SDG Tracker

Our World in Data’s SDG Tracker is an open-access resource where users can track and explore global and country-level progress towards each of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals through interactive data visualizations. This resource is kept up-to-date with all of the latest data across all of the 17 Goals. For SDG 14, each target is presented along with the latest data available on its progress.

Ocean Action Hub

Similar to the SDG Tracker, this resource provides added contextual explanations of the various SDG 14 targets, along with maps and data visualizations that help show the current status of the SDG 14 targets.

Pacific Data Hub

This SDG Tracker focuses on the Pacific Region, with data tables and visualizations highlighting the status of SDG 14 targets in the Pacific Region.

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