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If Oceans Could Speak: A podcast about the sea and its people

Published on: Mon, 17/05/2021 - 17:50
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    Listening to the Oceans with the new #EU4Ocean podcast.

    If the Ocean had a voice, what would it say to you?

    Everybody who loves the sea has a story to share. In our podcast "If Oceans Could Speak" (IOCS), scientists and experts from different fields, scholars and sailors, artists and activists share their stories about the oceans around us, their value and vulnerability.




    “Something that you feel very much when you are in the Arctic is that we as humans,

    we are part of nature. We are not separate from it.”

    Lera Auerbach (IOCS Season 1, Episode 4)


    Season 1 of “If Oceans Could Speak” is all about the Arctic Ocean and over the last months we have had the pleasure of talking to a number of people who shared their perspectives on the ocean, sometimes professional, sometimes deeply personal - but always with a deep love for the sea, its environment and the people living along the shores of the great waters that are the heart of our planet.


    “All the actions that we take in other parts of the world,

    they have tremendous effects on the Arctic.”

    Dr. Gosia Smieszek (IOCS, Season 1, Episode 2)


    Together with our guests, we explore a region that has long been home to millions of people and that today is the focus of global attention because human-made climate change warms up the Arctic three times as fast as the global average. In conversations that are both timely and timeless, we listen and learn - and we are happy to share this experience with our listeners because in one way or another, we are all connected to the sea.


    “We all live by the sea, no matter how far from the sea you live, because every activity we have, no matter where you are, you either affect the ocean or you depend on the ocean.”

    Dr. Tymon Zielinski (IOCS, Season 1, Episode 5)


    This podcast is a collaborative effort as part of the #EU4Ocean Coalition for Ocean Literacy initiativeSupported by the European Commission, this bottom-up, inclusive initiative aims at uniting the voices of Europeans to make the ocean a concern of everyone. 

    The team behind the podcast includes Penny Clarke from the British Antarctic Survey, Arne Riedel, Chiara Mazzetti and Karl Lehman from the Ecologic Institute in Berlin, Anna Saito from ACTeon Environment, Margherita Zorgno from EurOcean. The podcast is hosted by Dr. Jen Freer of the British Antarctic Survey in Cambridge and Prof. Dr. Stefan Kirchner of the Arctic Centre in Rovaniemi.

    “If Oceans Could Speak” is available on Buzzsprout and Spotify, and in your favorite podcast app.


    Here is the full list!

    Episode 1: Anchored to the evidence: boarding on the Polar Research Vessel, “Polarstern”

    Episode 2: Every person matters and every action counts

    Episode 3: The more you look, the more you see

    Episode 4: When words are not enough, turn to music

    Episode 5: Inspire through education

    Episode 6: The future of the Arctic’s resources - from local development to global impact

    Episode 7: Be the change

    Episode 8: Arctic indigenous knowledge for Arctic conservation 


    Stay tuned and follow us on #EU4Ocean for news!