Our Ocean, Our Planet is a new online space at Royal Museums Greenwich dedicated to exploring the climate crisis and our relationship with the ocean.

A diver swims in a huge shoal of fish just beneath the surface of the ocean

'When you explain what's happening in an image, everyone pays attention'

Octavio Aburto on the power of conservation photography

Join the discussion

Marine protected areas aim to ensure that life in our seas, coasts and oceans can flourish. But how do they work in practice, and what can the past teach us about how to care for our ocean today? Join presenter Helen Czerski and our panel of experts to discuss ocean conservation past, present and future. Available from 6.30pm on Monday 7 June.

This is just the beginning

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About Our Ocean, Our Planet

Our museums are full of objects that help us find our place in the world. 

Maps and charts. Clocks and compasses. Telescopes and radar, sextants and satellites.

These things tell us something simple about our human journey: if we knew where we were, we could figure out where to go next.

Now? The way forward is less clear.

We are facing a climate crisis, but the scale of the challenge is often hard to grasp. We depend on the ocean for our very survival, yet many of us feel cut off from what is happening in our rivers, seas, oceans and ice caps.

Our Ocean, Our Planet aims to help navigate these turbulent waters.

How can our history as a seafaring species help make sense of current ocean issues? How can scientists, artists, activists and communities offer different ways of understanding our planet? How can the past inform our present, and help us chart a more sustainable future?

Take a deep dive into Our Ocean, Our Planet with Royal Museums Greenwich.

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A mother and her child play on the Great Map in the National Maritime Museum. The mother has a sailor hat on
National Maritime Museum

World Oceans Day 2021

Our ocean is vital to the future of our planet. Take a deep dive beneath the waves at the National Maritime Museum this June