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Why the EU4Ocean Coalition for Ocean Literacy?

The ocean is a source of life for human beings. It gives us food, oxygen and energy. It is home to many species and acts as climate regulator. Understanding how we influence the ocean and how the ocean influences us is at the core of ocean literacy. This understanding allows us to make responsible choices to better protect our ocean and to use the opportunities it offers in a sustainable manner. This is what we are striving for in Europe, contributing to the improvement of the well-being of Europeans, as envisioned and recently confirmed in the European Green Deal.

The European Ocean Coalition (EU4Ocean) connects diverse organisations, projects and people that contribute to ocean literacy and the sustainable management of the ocean. Supported by the European Commission, this bottom-up inclusive initiative aims at uniting the voices of Europeans to make the ocean a concern of everyone!

This coalition will:

  • Contribute to enhancing awareness and the engagement of all parties involved in the sustainable management of our ocean and seas;
  • Help coalition members to become ocean advocates in their own field/role/region as well as agents of transition supporting changes in perception, values, attitudes and behaviour towards more sustainable practices, management of the ocean and blue economy opportunities;
  • Put ocean literacy high on the policy agenda, contributing inter alias to the implementation of the EU marine and maritime policies and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the Agenda 2030, in particular the SDG 14 Life below water.

The EU4Ocean coalition combines EU-wide activities with actions dedicated to the Arctic Ocean, the Atlantic Ocean (including the North Sea), the Baltic Sea, the Black Sea, the Mediterranean Sea and the global ocean.

The coalition is made up of three components: a Platform for organisations and individuals engaged in Ocean Literacy initiatives, a European Youth Forum for the Ocean and a Network of European Blue Schools.

Awards will be given to outstanding active individuals, organisations and initiatives from the three networks.

Follow #EU4Ocean to stay informed.

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Make Europe Blue Campaign

A multitude of threats including climate change, overfishing and pollution is putting our ocean at risk, and changing course requires us to work together. As part of the EU4Ocean Coalition, the Make Europe Blue campaign is calling on you - citizens, businesses, organisations, authorities, celebrities, educators - to make a pledge to help the ocean. Your pledge is a personal promise or action that will keep our ocean healthy. Every action – even the smallest one - brings change to our ocean!

Check out the campaign page and get inspired by the pledges of journalists, educators, policy-makers, activists and organisations engaged in ocean protection.

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Let’s make Europe Blue: Join the EU4Ocean for Ocean Literacy Summit

After more than 2 years, the EU4Ocean Coalition is rewarding and celebrating the efforts of its members and their most outstanding initiatives to date, and is looking forward to the future!

Save the dates

  • 19 May to join the EU4Ocean Coalition booth and exhibition space
  • 20 May to join the Ocean Literacy EU4Ocean Summit
  • 21 May to participate in the Ocean Literacy Festival!

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Winners of the #YoungOceanWaves Video & Photo Contest

Over 136 amazing photos and videos have been shared on Instagram between 14.07 and 18.08 2020. A wave of inspiring, intense, stunning images of the ocean, its creatures, landscapes and people who are emotionally connected to our blue planet.

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EU4Ocean Platform

By joining an active group of organisations, initiatives and people, members of the EU4Ocean Platform will benefit from the sharing of ideas, build partnerships and join forces to deliver a more coordinated approach to ocean literary activities in Europe. Let us unite and collectively build momentum for European ocean literacy, encouraging other initiatives to join the movement. At the core of the platform is the exchange of expertise, knowledge and best practices in ocean literacy. Members will create synergies and new collective initiatives that can reach broader audiences thereby generating larger impact.

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Youth4Ocean Forum

Are you a changemaker between 16 and 30 and passionate about the Ocean? Do you want to join other young people to tackle the climate crisis, fight pollution and ensure food security? If so, the European Youth Forum for the Ocean (Youth4Ocean) is for you!

As a member of the Youth4Ocean Forum, you will get the chance to be the voice of your generation, pitch your ideas and network with leading experts, stakeholders and decision-makers addressing ocean challenges. You will be able to develop new projects with like-minded people from different European countries. Your initiatives will be supported and showcased to enhance their wider take-up and impact

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Network of European Blue Schools

How are we connected to the ocean? Find the blue link! As a teacher, school director or staff of education services, you will challenge your students from primary, lower and upper secondary, technical or vocational schools to develop a ‘Find the blue’ project that links them to the ocean. By successfully completing the project and sharing its results, schools will receive the European Blue School certification.

The Network will assist you in connecting with relevant partners to: (1) share Blue School experiences; (2) find inspiration on how to address ocean topics that are relevant to your curricula, your school and your community; and (3) receive the European Blue School stamp recognising the value of your initiative. In addition, participating teachers will gain access to specific training, resources and assistance by other members of the EU4Ocean Coalition.

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About the project

EU4Ocean is a project funded by the European Commission and implemented by a consortium of 12 partners across Europe, which includes: ACTeon (coordinator, France), Seascape Belgium (Secretariat of the European Marine Observation and Data Network and the European Atlas of the Seas, Belgium), the European Marine Board (EMB, Belgium), Nausicaá-National Sea Centre (France), the World Ocean Network (WON, France), Ciência Viva (Portugal), the European Marine Science Educators Association (EMSEA, Belgium), Ecologic Institute (Germany), the European Centre for Information on Marine Science and Technology (EurOcean, Portugal), Secretariat of Submariners  (S.Pro, Germany), MARE Nostrum (Romania), European Schoolnet (Belgium), and Farah Obaidullah (Independent Ocean Advocate & Founder Women4Oceans, The Netherlands).

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Join the wave and spread the word!

You want to learn more about the activities of the EU4Ocean Coalition and its members? Check out the hashtag #EU4Ocean on Instagram, Facebook & Twitter.

Join the wave and tag your posts with #EU4Ocean!

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Winners of the “EU4Ocean in Action” Awards announced!

The EU4Ocean coalition honours the initiatives that best reflect the spirit and principles of the EU4Ocean coalition, and that have mobilised very diverse representatives of the Coalition's various communities.

Last update: 20/05/22

Youth4Ocean Forum awards Young Ocean Advocates for their outstanding projects

As part of EU4Ocean award process, a jury met to pre-select five projects of Young Ocean Advocates (cf. Terms of Reference for process and assessment criteria) which would then be submitted to the final EU4Ocean Awards.

Last update: 13/05/22

Youth4Ocean Forum at the European Maritime Day

In this program, you’ll find all the events where our members will be involved.

Last update: 17/05/22

Why should you join the EU4Ocean Platform? Our members share their experience!

The EU4Ocean Platform now counts more than 130 members! 

Last update: 21/04/22

Call for activities for the EU4OCEAN Summit Ocean Literacy Festival!

The EU4Ocean Coalition is organising a new round of engaging ocean literacy activities for the upcoming EU4Ocean Ocean Literacy Summit. From youth activities, educational programmes to the Mediterranean Ocean Literacy Festival, there is no limit to your imagination. Come on board and join us in making the EU Blue!

Start date: 21/05/2022 - 09:00
Last update: 29/03/22

The Youth4Ocean Forum is calling all young people in Italy to celebrate the Ocean!

The Youth4Ocean Forum is participating in the Ravenna Seaside Events, organised by the Municipality of Ravenna, Italy, from 20th to 22nd May 2022. This event is organised back-to-back with the European Maritime Day and the EU4Ocean Summit.

Last update: 25/03/22

"EU4Ocean in action" awards: Call for nominations!

Celebrating the achievements of the EU4Ocean coalition.

Start date: 24/03/2022 - 09:15
Last update: 24/03/22

Call for Young Ocean Advocates – Healthy Ocean

The Youth4Ocean Forum is calling young people to submit projects dedicated to keeping our ocean healthy!

Last update: 22/03/22

Let’s listen to the Arctic Ocean - A Festival for Ocean Literacy

Join the Ocean Literacy Festival in the Arctic Ocean between the 4th to the 8th of April!

Start date: 04/04/2022 (All day)
Last update: 18/03/22

Youth4Ocean Forum members meet French school pupils

On Wednesday 2nd February 2022, four members of the Youth4Ocean Forum met with middle school and high school pupils of the city of Calais, in the North of France, and discussed solutions to preserve marine biodiversity, tackle ocean pollution and the effects of climate change.

Last update: 15/03/22

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