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Welcome to the Westbound Rower Educational Program

 

 

Click on one of the language tabs in the upper right corner to see each week's new Education Program, based on the schedule of topics, in English, Chinese and Spanish - and, the first expedition in the world to ever have ongoing education, tri-lingually!   Get engaged, sit back enjoy, learn, and spread the word.  You're part of history!

 

 

Monthly Cycles and Rotation of Content in the Westbound Rower Educational Program


The multilingual education program ORA and Erden will produce covers five main topics, all of which will be related to Erden's expedition across the Pacific and then to finish off the Six Summit Project. One of the objectives Erden Eruc set for this expedition is to raise awareness and promote ocean conservation and plastic pollution during his Westbound Row.

 

Our education material will be on four topics: Sport and Fitness; Humans and the Environment; Expedition Planning; Oceanography; and Marine Science. We plan to cycle these five topics weekly, throughout the 11-month duration of Erden's Pacific crossing to build a loyal following. We have broken down the four main topics further into subtropics and will dive deeper into each topic as we move forward. Our online learning materials will be published on our core Ocean Recovery Alliance website as well as a dedicated platform purely for Erden's Westbound Row in a series of ArcGIS Storymaps to enhance the interactive learning experience. In the case of interesting and situational events during Erden's crossing, we may change the content release schedule to push the content being made by Erden out at sea.

 

For a short background on who we are, Ocean Recovery Alliance was established in early 2010, mainly as a result of the connection between sports and the environment.  Douglas Woodring, the organization’s founder, is a competitive swimmer, organizer of some of the largest open water swimming races in Asia, a competitive outrigger canoe paddler, and was recently inducted into the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame.   Ryan Cheung is also a top surfski paddler in Hong Kong and was previously on the Hong Kong team for K1 racing.  So, our background is about enjoyment and exciting use of the ocean, which we all want to keep clean and healthy, where wildlife thrives, without the plastic.

 

Ocean Recovery Alliance was also one if the first non-profit organizations in the world to work on global plastic pollution issues which was not based in the West.  It’s main office is Hong Kong, with 501c3 status in the U.S., and is focused on creating innovative solutions and collaborations to improve the health of the ocean. Its network of organizations, entrepreneurs and innovators, particularly related to plastic sustainability and circularity, but also dedicated to broad ocean governance and new thought leadership, and helps to create engaged and active dialogue where gaps often occur due to between entities that often do not have a history of working with one another. The group creates purposefully designed activities to educate, build awareness and provide solutions which inspire positive societal change at the community, national and international levels.

 

In 2018, Mr. Woodring, was awarded the prestigious 2018 Prince Albert Prize for Innovative Philanthropy for the programs he has developed, and global leadership on plastic pollution issues. Two of the group’s international programs were launched at the Clinton Global Initiative in 2010, the Global Alert platform which allows people to report trash hotspots, anywhere in the world’s waters, and the Plastic Disclosure Project, which is similar to that of carbon and water reporting for companies, institutions and municipalities.   He is also a United Nations Environment (UNEP) Climate Hero for his efforts to help the health of the ocean, and a Google Earth Hero for bringing innovative video tracking/mapping technology on their 2009 expedition to the North Pacific Gyre.

 

We hope you can get onboard this incredible journey we are just starting across the Pacific Ocean with Erden, and we’re sure you’ll learn and experience some pretty interesting things along the way!

 

Help Support Eden's adventure, to his causes, and our Ocean Recovery Alliance created education program which will follow along on his GO FUND ME SITE.  

Content Release Schedule

 

Week Number

Major Topic

Subtopics

1

Ocean Plastics

What are Plastics?

How are plastics made?

Global overview of plastics, how much plastic is made, recycled, mismanaged?

2 and 3

Life of an Ocean Rower

Ocean rowing

Erden’s boat (Calderdale)

4

Oceanography

The 5 Oceans vs the 1 Ocean discussion

“Drop the S” animated video

5

Ocean Plastics

How does plastic pollution enter the ocean?

Where do the plastic in the ocean end up?

6

Oceanography

Ocean Currents

Ocean Gyres

7

Life of an Ocean Rower

Energy Production at Sea

Water Production at Sea

8 + 9

Ocean Plastics 

How does plastic pollution interact with the natural environment?

10

Oceanography

Ocean and our climate system

11

Life of an Ocean Rower

Rundown of a Day at Sea

12

Climate Change 

Greenhouse Effect and the Enhanced Greenhouse Effect

13 (or when Erden Reaches Hawaii)

Marine Science

Plastics effects on marine life

14

Climate Change

Ocean Acidification

Effects on Coral Reefs

15

Life of an Ocean Rower

Navigating through the ocean and currents

Rowboat Rudder System

16

Oceanography

Cloud and Storm formation

17

Oceanography

The global ocean circulation system

18

Life of an Ocean Rower

Facing Storms

Storm Prediction

19

Ocean Economies

Fisheries, Aquaculture and Tourism

20

Global Shark and Wildlife Trade

Global Shark and Wildlife Trade

Collaboration with Hong Kong Shark Foundation

21

Life of an Ocean Rower

Communication with Land and Others at sea

22

Ocean Plastics

Top-down approaches to solving the plastic pollution issue

Top-down approach case studies

23

Ocean Plastics

Role of Citizen Science and plastic pollution

24

Ocean Plastics

Bottom-up approaches to solving the plastic pollution issue

Bottom-up approach case studies

25

Life of an Ocean Rower

Science at Sea

26

Marine Science

Beaked Whales

27

Oceanography

Ocean Ecosystems

28

Marine Science

Species migration over oceans

Invasive species

29

Life of an Ocean Rower

How does the GPS tracking work?

30

Oceanography

Sea level rise

30

Climate Change

Climate Vulnerability, Risk, Resilience, Adaptation

Effects on small island countries

31

Ocean Plastics

Carbon Footprint and Plastic Footprint

Plastic Disclosure project

32

Life of an Ocean Rower

Overcoming boredom at sea

Other topics

33

Ocean Plastics

Future Solutions to Plastic pollution

34

Human Interaction with the Environment

Spider Web Story

Upon Erden’s Arrival to Hong Kong

Future Expeditions for Erden

Six Summits Project

“Dare to try” in Exploration

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

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