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Make Europe Blue Campaign

Fact of the week!

Did you know that the Pacific Ocean was named in 1520 by Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan when his fleet entered an unfamiliar calm ocean after passing through what are now known as the Straits of Magellan from the Atlantic Ocean?

 

You may already know that “about 97% of Earth's water is in the ocean”. But did you know that “a protein found in a jellyfish has contributed to cancer research” or that “cigarette butts are one of the top items found in beach clean-ups”?

Finding out these curious, fascinating and sometimes alarming facts can help us understand how we humans are linked to the ocean and its wellbeing. Find out more facts HERE!

Will you help us Make Europe Blue?

A multitude of threats including climate change, overfishing and pollution is putting our ocean at risk, and changing course requires us to work together.

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”

Joining is easy

  • Get inspired by our Ocean facts
  • Check out potential ideas for pledges and submit your pledge HERE
  • Share it with others using the #MakeEUBlue hashtag.

Inspire others

Every action creates a new drop of blue on our European canvas. The more we do, the bluer Europe becomes.

Invite others to hop aboard: your friends, family, business partners, competitors, your preferred celebrity or influencer. Tag them on social media and challenge them to make Europe Blue! 

Together – across borders, age groups, and cultures - we can take care of our shared ocean. We can make a difference, one pledge at a time.

 

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Did You Know That... Exciting facts about the ocean!

Our Blue Planet is a marvellous place: a source of life, home to incredible wildlife and complex ecosystems.

So much of what is magical about the ocean is hidden under the surface of the water. In fact, we know more about than surface of the moon than the deep sea. We have a lot to learn.

The more we know about the Ocean, the better we can act to ensure its wellbeing.

So let’s dive in with a few facts that may surprise you!

 

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Your action matters! Make your pledge!

The Make Europe Blue campaign calls on citizens, businesses, organisations, authorities, and celebrities to commit to an action that can benefit the ocean.

A pledge is an an action you take to protect the Ocean. No matter where you live, what you do or the size of your contribution, we can all act together for a healthy ocean in Europe and beyond.

Any type of pledge that serves our ocean will be accepted, so use your imagination, get creative and - together - we will make this happen.

 

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Our Featured Pledges about the Ocean

Everybody can make a difference for our Blue Planet. Get inspired by the pledges of journalists, educators, policy-makers, activists and organisations engaged in ocean protection.

Every action counts!

 
Title
Viana é Mar(e) - Ocean Quiz

Quiz

Last update: 21/05/21

Viana é Mar(e) - Dance Performance - Grupo Etnográfico da Areosa

Dance performance

Last update: 21/05/21

Viana é Mar(e) – Science Meeting

Science meeting

Last update: 21/05/21

Plastic Art of the Sea

Art exhibition and video performance

Last update: 21/05/21

Dance for the Ocean

Dance performance

Last update: 20/05/21

The Trilogy of Ocean, Coast and Climate: The Urgency and Exigency of Literacy

Learning activity/Training session/MOOC

Last update: 20/05/21

Journey to the High Seas

Documentary

Last update: 22/05/21

Learn with us how to Recognise Skates and Rays!

Learning activity/Training session/MOOC

Last update: 18/05/21

Marine Explorers

Learning activity/Training session/MOOC

Last update: 18/05/21

Deep Science- Nautical Navigation

Science show

Last update: 18/05/21

Map of pledges
Latest pledges submitted
I pledge to eat only fish from sustainable fisheries, from the coast of Portugal. I pledge to never more eat fish like Tuna, Shark & Rays meat.
sara granchinho
Affilation:
EurOcean
City/Country: Lisbon, Portugal
Theme(s): Food from the Ocean

See the pledge page here.

I pledge to encourage students to embrace "sea culture" in their lives beyond the classroom. I pledge to share my passion for the seas and oceans of Earth in ways which can reach diverse audiences.
Kaitlyn Waters
Affilation:
American Farm School of Thessaloniki
City/Country: Thessaloniki, Greece
Theme(s): Healthy and Clean ocean

See the pledge page here.

We pledge not to give up despite the apathy and lack of funding for our ocean, river, and subsea systems which are the most efficient and realistic to recover plastics in the environment.
CaptJeff Shattuck
Affilation:
LoveBlue-Oceanamatica
City/Country: Kamuela, United States
Theme(s): Healthy and Clean ocean

See the pledge page here.

I pledge to include basic lessons about the ocean in my classroom and to spend 1/2 a day per semester teaching my class about the ocean.
IULIANA ROMAN
Affilation:
Colegiul National Zinca Golescu
City/Country: PITESTI, Romania
Theme(s): Ocean and climate

See the pledge page here.

Often we don’t know the value of the Ocean for our daily lives or how much it influences us! I pledge to respect the Ocean and its marvels in all my actions and regularly post about its importance.
Andreea Strachinescu
Affilation:
European Commission - DG MARE
City/Country: , Belgium
Theme(s): Ocean and climate, Food from the Ocean, healthycleanocean

See the pledge page here.

As Communication & Events Manager at Blue Cluster, I pledge to educate people on the importance of the seas, promote sustainable use of marine resources and strive for a clean and healthy ocean.
Bart Hillewaert
Affilation:
De Blauwe Cluster vzw
City/Country: Oostende, Belgium
Theme(s): Ocean and climate, Food from the Ocean, healthycleanocean

See the pledge page here.

I pledge to reduce the use of non-essential single-use plastics in the laboratory by 75% and to conduct at least one Ocean Literacy activity a year
Joao Frias
Affilation:
GMIT
City/Country: Galway, Ireland
Theme(s): Ocean and climate, Healthy and Clean ocean

See the pledge page here.

To actively coordinate new „Blue Network“ a network of organizations that are active in combating the marine litter problem in Croatia and assure systematic monitoring of clean ups effectiveness.
Jelena Basta
Affilation:
Blue World Institute
City/Country: Veli Lošinj, Croatia
Theme(s): Healthy and Clean ocean

See the pledge page here.

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