Youth Ocean Carnival is elevating youth-led leadership in ocean and nature conservation in and around World Ocean Day, celebrated 8th June.

L-R: Kal Glanzig, Sam Fricker, Tim Johnston, Sophia Skarparis



Youth Ocean Carnival is a World Ocean Day initiative. Some of Australia’s World Ocean Day, Youth Advisory Council members have joined Founders Timothy Johnston and Olympic Diver and influencer Sam Fricker in delivering this dynamic ‘peer to peer’ event. Kal Glanznig a fellow World Ocean Day, Youth Advisory Council alumni is the Youth Co-Founder and was Awarded Environment Citizen for Sutherland Shire Australia Day Honors in 2023. His environmental leadership saw him invited to attend the 2022/23 United Nations Climate Change Conference.

Sophia Skarparis is the present World Ocean Day,Youth Advisory Council Australian representative and is envisioning a “Night at the Zoo’ with our Global Goal Partner Taronga Zoo.

Each of these young people have an impressive personal story of conservation that shows Gen Z youth that they can make an impact whilst at school and beyond.


To inspire youth changemakers to come together globally to celebrate the love of the ocean and to be empowered to act for its protection.

Our Location

Why A Youth Ocean Carnival In Sydney?

Sydney is an iconic harbour city with the opportunity to be a beacon of global inspiration in ocean conservation. World Ocean Day is our Global Goal Partner and brings with it 6,000+ networks and 2,000+ events in 140 countries with a worldwide audience of millions.

Our Global Goal Partner

World Ocean Day

World Ocean Day, celebrated 8th June unites the whole world. We see a wonderful opportunity to establish mini-activations in Sydney, amplifying the focus on youth-led conservation, culminating in the main event – Youth Ocean Carnival.

‘With Its focus on GEN Z, the timing of the Youth Ocean Carnival could not be better, as I believe young people around the world are ready for indeed need – this type of celebratory gathering, that recognises the importance of the ocean in our lives and also activates people for collective action.’


Bill Mott – Executive Director Group Founder World Ocean Day