Blue Carbon Ambassadors

At EarthEcho International, we recognize the power of the ocean as a source of solutions to the climate crisis. We also understand that access and connection to the ocean, and the opportunity to pursue careers that contribute to ocean-based climate solutions, is a privilege that all do not enjoy equally.

EarthEcho International's Blue Carbon Ambassador program (formerly ResilienSEA Externship) engages BIPOC youth ages 17-20 from frontline coastal communities in North America in a hands-on professional learning experience designed to introduce participants to the role of blue carbon ecosystems (including kelp, seagrass, mangroves, and salt marshes) in fighting the climate crisis while exploring the field of regenerative ocean aquaculture – ocean “farming” that restores coastal habitats while creating both economic and ecological benefits. This paid Ambassador program y is specifically structured as an introductory program that requires no previous coursework or experience with ocean science or aquaculture. This is a chance to get your “hands wet” with coastal restoration for the very first time!

In 2024, Blue Carbon Ambassadors will:

  • Attend an in person kick-off program in New York, NY, tentatively June 7-9, 2024 (all Ambassador applicants should hold these dates on their calendars);
  • Take part in twice weekly virtual training programs hosted by industry leaders from June – August, 2024. During this period, Ambassadors will also develop their own projects to support blue carbon ecosystems in their home communities;
  • Attend the 2024 EarthEcho Youth Ambassadors retreat August 6-11, 2024 (location U.S. based, TBD), where participants will directly learn about blue carbon ecosystems and regenerative ocean aquaculture through a field experience. Ambassadors will also participate in workshops to finalize their community based projects and take part in peer to peer learning exchanges with members of the EarthEcho Youth Leadership Council and Marine Plastics Ambassador programs.
  • Develop and implement a project to support blue carbon ecosystems in their local communities. Projects will be developed during the summer and executed between August 2024-March 2025, with participants committing to attend monthly calls during this time frame to support project implementation.

All travel expenses for in-person experiences will be covered for Ambassadors who successfully complete program expectations. Ambassadors from Canada or Mexico must have a valid and up to date passport to travel to the United States as required based on their nationality. EarthEcho International does not provide support in securing passports or visas for travel.

Applications for the 2024 class of Blue Carbon Ambassadors are now closed. Stay tuned for the announcement of this year's program participants!

Questions regarding the Blue Carbon Ambassador program? Contact Sean Russell at