Launch and “Ocean Literacy” initiative for Rochelle Strauss’s THE GLOBAL OCEAN children’s book

With the launch of Rochelle’s Strauss’s latest CitizenKid book, “The Global Ocean”, she will be speaking to educators and students around the world about the the concept of Ocean Literacy and its seven principles, including the basic understanding that the world’s five oceans are interconnected, creating one global ocean that powers everything on Earth. As well as speaking at various events, the initiative will be supported by a Teaching Guide and support material highlighting the SDGs.

The Sustainable Development Goals Programme SDG14 Hub: Life Below Water

Springer Nature’s SDG Programme aims to connect the researchers tackling the world’s toughest challenges with the practitioners in policy and business who desperately need those insights to achieve their goals in improving the world, by making our publishing activities more visible to our key communities through a variety of channels. This channel or ‘hub’ focuses on SDG14 and showcases oceans-related outputs across all of our imprints, content types and academic disciplines.

#oursea Moomin Campaign

The Baltic Sea is one of the most polluted seas in the world. To mark the 75th anniversary of the Moomins, the Moomin Characters Ltd launched the #oursea campaign. This campaign was arranged in cooperation with the John Nurminen Foundation, an organisation working to save the Baltic sea and its heritage. The goal was to raise one million euros to support the foundation’s work to save the Baltic Sea from Eutrophication.


Author Lauren St. John also launched the website Authors4Oceans, containing tips to how to reduce plastic waste. The authors and illustrators who are part of the initiative are passionate about the natural world and preserving it for future generations. They are committed to ridding their lives and communities of plastic and unsustainable practices wherever possible, and inspiring young (and old) readers to do the same.

The book Plastic. Past, Present and Future

The book Plastic. Past, Present and Future, written by Eun-Ju Kim, illustrated by Ji-won Lee, was originally published by Woongijn Thinkbig. The English translation was published in June 2019 by Scribe UK. This book takes the reader on a journey through the life cycle of plastic, from production to waste. It explains how plastic survives, and why it is harmful to our environment.

Book Chain Project

The Book Chain Project, since 2016 has aimed to build better supply chains for books and help publishers make informed buying decisions. The Component Chemical Screening program, for instance, enables print suppliers to submit exact chemical breakdowns of each book component that can then be screened and flagged to publishers in order to substitute any components of concern.

Plastic Free: The Inspiring Story of a Global Environmental Movement and Why It Matters

‘Plastic Free: The Inspiring Story of a Global Environmental Movement and Why It Matters’ by Rebecca Prince-Ruiz and Joanna Atherfold-Finn is published by NewSouth in Australia. It is printed and packaged without using plastic. Dry trap varnish is used on the cover rather than plastic lamination. The reverse side of the board, effectively the rough, uncoated side, gives the cover added texture. Metal straps are used to secure the book boxes on pallets. All plastic shrink-wrapping is avoided.