The Mediterranean Sea not only influences the weather but also mitigates the worst effects of climate change by absorbing, moving and storing heat and carbon and its role is thus not to be underestimated. The youth will be essential to support climate change adaptation and the ecological transition in the Med, and to bring the ocean higher on the political agenda at all levels. Young changemakers are already leaders in many of their communities and are at the forefront of movements to preserve the ocean and combat climate change. Mobilising the youth, building dialogue, improving (learning) capacities and collaboration at eye-level between generations is thus an important step to tackle the current and future challenges of our Mediterranean societies.
How exactly can youth action and contributions look like in the Mediterranean? What is the youth’s role in the big picture of strengthening Mediterranean ocean literacy alongside other organisations, actors and changemakers? How can young professionals help to unite ocean literacy efforts across the Mediterranean Sea basin and build on its rich Mediterranean diversity?
As part of the #EU4Ocean Mediterranean Ocean Literacy event*, we are organising a Youth4Med forum, an interactive two-day online event, taking place on September 26 and 27, 2021.
During these two days, you will have the opportunity to exchange and connect with inspiring Mediterranean young changemakers, and to work side-by-side with Mediterranean institutions, organisations and professionals (see the detailed agenda below).
Together for the Mediterranean, we will:
Are you between 16 and 35 years old? Are you from a Mediterranean EU or non-EU country?** Do you want to join our discussions and concrete ocean literacy development on eye level?
Let all Mediterranean voices be heard! The developed output including the principles for youth action toward a blue and resilient Mediterranean shall furthermore directly feed into the state of the ocean & climate document ‘Roadmap to ocean & climate actions’, Milan Youth pre-COP and Glaswegian COP recommendations, as well as the virtual ocean pavilion featuring youth actions organised by the World Ocean Network.
24th September: First waves
Including a contribution to the ’Parlement Méditerranéen de la Mer’ organised by the Forum de la Mer
26th September: Shaping our Mediterranean Sea
Short presentation of the Youth4Med forum, its contribution to making the Mediterranean blue and online quiz organised by Sulitest with interactive meet & greet of all participants
Strategic reflection on how the youth can be part in making the Mediterranean blue, the place of the youth in the Mediterranean Ocean Literacy Coalition & the link between climate change and ocean literacy. This session will be co-facilitated by Anna Marino from Youth and Environment Europe (YEE).
Lunch 12.30 – 14.00 CEST
Collective art exercise to express together a way how to Make the MED blue.
Elaboration of principles & consultation and lessons learned from other initiatives and Mediterranean actors. This session will be co-facilitated by Giuseppe Scandone from Mediterranean Youth for Water (MedYWat).
27th September: Sailing forward
Preparing outputs which shall feed into the state of the ocean & climate document ‘Roadmap to ocean & climate actions’.
Marine Knowledge System in the Mediterranean Sea
Contributions and short virtual presentation of the representatives of the Youth4Med Forum – sharing results and key messages
Including steps forward proposed by the Youth4Med Forum results and steps forward by two participants
*EU4Ocean is a project funded by the European Commission and implemented by a consortium of 12 partners across Europe.
**Albania, Algeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Lebanon, Libya, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Palestine, Slovenia, Spain, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey