Ottawa’s Clare Stone has always had a fascination with oceans, and when she got the opportunity to be involved in ocean conservation last summer, her love and passion of the big blue only grew. 

Now Stone, who is originally from Phnom Penh in Cambodia, has been chosen as one of 160 people between the ages of 18 to 30 for the 2020 Ocean Bridge program for Ocean’s Week, which is celebrated across Canada and around the globe from June 8 to 14. 

“Being from Ottawa, I find that there are people who don’t realize that we’re connected to the ocean,” Stone said. “People have asked, ‘Why care about it if we’re not beside the ocean?’ So it creates that spot to create that conversation about (plastic in the ocean).”

According to the environmental studies graduate, Ocean Week is a week where people acknowledge the benefits of the ocean ecosystem and discuss conservation issues.

The Ocean Bridge program allows for youth to come up with their own projects that will get people talking about oceans. Stone’s project involved a virtual Netflix watching party on Saturday of the documentary A Plastic Ocean. 

The Algonquin College alumni also hopes to host an interactive webinar some time in July.