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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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EU4Ocean workshop – Designing Ocean Literacy action in Europe

On 24 – 25 September 2020, the first EU4Ocean workshop– Designing Ocean Literacy action in Europe was organised by the EU4Ocean Coalition. The outcomes of the workshops will be available in due course.

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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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How to become an EU Young Ocean Leader

As an EU Young Ocean Leader 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.

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Esther Blanco Rayón's story - Founding Member of the Youth4Ocean Forum

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Salomé Bellon's story - Founding Member of the Youth4Ocean Forum

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Meet Thomas Lesage, founder of the Children for the Oceans NGO and founding member of the Youth4Ocean Forum.

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Olivia Garcia's story - Youth4Ocean Forum Founding Member

Meet Olivia Garcia, founding member of the european Youth4Ocean Forum and volunteer for Surfrider Foundation Europe.

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Alina Greceanu - Youth4Ocean Forum Founding Member

Meet Alina Greceanu, founding member of the Youth4Ocean Forum.

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Natalie Prinz's story - Youth4Ocean Forum Founding Member

Here are a few words from Natalie Prinz, All-Atlantic Ocean Youth Ambassador and founding member of the Youth4Ocean Forum.

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Valentine Charlet's story - Youth4Ocean Forum founding member

Meet Valentine Charlet, founding member of the Youth4Ocean Forum

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Anne-Laure Le Lay's story - Youth4Ocean Founding Member

In this article, maritime lawyer Anne-Laure Le Lay explains in a few words her special relationship to the ocean, which led her to become a Founding Member of the european Youth4Ocean Forum.

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Éloïse Faure's Story - Youth4Ocean Founding Member

Here is the story of Eloïse, young activist and Founding Member of the Youth4Ocean Forum.

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