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About the 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 marine pollution and ensure food security? If so, the European Youth Forum for the Ocean (Youth4Ocean) is for you!

The Youth4Ocean Forum is a free platform for young ocean changemakers like you. Our common goal is to shape our future with a healthy ocean that sustains us all. Therefore, the Youth4Ocean Forum provides you with the opportunities to speak up for our generation, share your ideas, present your projects and connect with like-minded young people and experts all over Europe.

Last but not least, the Youth4Ocean Forum offers you a possibility to submit your project and obtain accreditation of EU Young Ocean Advocates.

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Become a Member of the Youth4Ocean Forum

Not a member of the Youth4Ocean Forum? You are welcome to view the information and resources on the Youth4Ocean Forum without logging in.

If you want to add content and share your ideas, please register to obtain an EU login first. We are looking forward to getting you onboard! Registration for our online community is open to everyone.

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Founding members of the Youth4Ocean Forum

41 young people from all over Europe have been nominated and have agreed to become founding members of the Youth4Ocean Forum. Over the next two years, they will work together to turn their innovative ideas into actions for the ocean.

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Submit your project and become an EU Young Ocean Advocate

Members of the Youth4Ocean Forum can submit their projects and apply for accreditation of the European Union as EU Young Ocean Advocate.

As an EU Young Ocean Advocate you will have the chance to showcase your project, participate and pitch your ideas in European events, connect with mentors, network with leading European experts, participate in working groups along with stakeholders and decision-makers to address ocean challenges, and benefit from leadership resources to make a positive change.

Your short biography and your project(s) will be supported and showcased on the Youth4Ocean Forum and at European events to enhance their wider take-up and impact.

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Get to know the Young Ocean Advocates and their projects!

Interested to discover the Young Ocean Advocates and their projects? Now you can discover their profile pages. and project pages. Updated automatically with all the necessary information, as soon as new Young Ocean Advocates join the community, these overviews allow you to search Young Ocean Advocates by country, topics and sea basin.

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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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About the EU4Ocean Coalition

The Youth4Ocean Forum is part of the EU4Ocean Coalition, which 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. In addition to the Youth4Ocean Form, the EU4Ocean Coalition includes the EU4Ocean Platform and the Network of European Blue Schools.

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The past, present and future of an integrated Mediterranean

With this episode, we are reaching our final destination in this season. Where can we go from here? What future beholds the Mediterranean Sea and the Mediterranean community. Set sails with us and listen to Blanca Moreno-Dodson on regional political integration and how it contributes to #MakeMedblue.

Last update: 12/10/22

It’s your sea, keep it clean! On a mission with SWIM LEBANON

How can you turn a difficult life experience into one nation-wide initiative? What keeps activists going despite life’s many hardships? Listen to the inspiring stories of Lisa Sofian and Nabil Aouad in this new episode!

Last update: 06/10/22

Sustainable food, tradition and innovation around the Italian Coasts

Have you ever wondered what it means to eat sustainably on the Mediterranean coasts? This episode addresses the question from an Italian perspective, by tapping into our speakers' personal and professional experiences around cuisine, environmental protection, and sustainable fisheries.

Last update: 21/09/22

Connecting sport and Ocean Literacy!

How to connect (professional) sports and ocean literacy?! Tune in to our new episode of If Oceans Could Speak and meet Federico Morisio, professional windsurfer, 'Cavaliere del Mare', 'Starfish Champion', Starboard 'Ocean Ambassador', 'Mediterranean Young Ocean Advocate'!

Last update: 07/09/22

Telling stories from under the sea

Ocean literacy takes many forms and what better way to illustrate our love for the ocean than through pictures? Tune in for our fifth episode and listen to Greg Lecoeur - former businessman, now renown underwater photojournalist, adventurer and author.

Last update: 31/08/22

Empowering women in marine sciences

Women still have to face a lot of challenges when opting for a career in science nowadays, but is it the same in marine science? Tune in to hear more about the role of women in marine sciences, empowerment and blue careers.

Last update: 23/08/22

Invasive species and other fishy things!

From a simple Facebook page to a nation wide lionfish eating campaign, tune in to hear about “Diaries of the Ocean” with Jina Talj.

Last update: 17/08/22

Together with fishers - building solutions together

Tune in for our second episode exploring the Mediterranean and see how social inclusion, innovation and traditional fisheries can go hand in hand for a blue sea.

Last update: 02/08/22

Mediterranean stories across borders: introducing this season's multi-lingual hosts and episodes

If Oceans Could Speak is back….what can you expect? What is different this season and where will this journey take us? Learn more about the new voices that bring you stories all across the Mediterranean. This season will be multilingual, capturing the voices and spirit of those that call the Mediterranean their home.

Last update: 26/07/22

The If Oceans Could Speak podcast is back for season 2!

This summer, we will be listening to diverse perspectives from the Mediterranean Sea! Tune in for sport stars, scientists and gourmet chefs that are mobilising communities to make a difference to the sea around them.

Last update: 15/07/22

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