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Ocean Minded, Canada & Colombia

Challenger Profile at a Glance

Meet Ocean Minded, 2021 International Climate Action Challenge Eco-Champion award-winners!


  • #13- Ocean Minded

  • Registered Challlengers: Claudia Lorena Hurtado Toro, Christine Stortina

  • Location: Canada and Colombia

  • 90-Day Challenge Period: September 1 – November 30, 2021

Video Script

We understand and deeply feel the importance of the Ocean to the health of our planet and the survival of our species. We also recognize that one of the greatest challenges to protecting our blue life force is the disconnection of modern society from the natural world.

Hello, my name is Christine Stortini. I’m a marine biologist based in Montreal, Quebec in Canada.

Hi, I’m Claudia Hurtado, a marine biologist as well. I’m an environmental educator based in Buga, Colombia. Christine and I are working together to create Ocean education services and materials through our business, Ocean Minded Inc.

We started by developing a video series and podcast called My Ocean Story to share stories of the human-ocean connection from diverse people around the world.

And with our growing network of partners, we are giving youth a voice through story-telling events, and are planning future education activities.

We are also creating a fun, interactive Ocean education workbook for youth filled with knowledge and stories of a deeper connection to the Ocean to inspire positive action.

Ultimately, we hope that our work will inspire and empower others to connect with and protect the Ocean.


Connect with Ocean Minded

Follow us on Instagram. Email us to tell your Ocean Story for an episode of our series, or donate to the creation of our Ocean education workbook at our GoFundMe page, linked in our Instagram bio.



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