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Let’s make Europe Blue: the EU4Ocean for Ocean Literacy Summit rewards outstanding actions for the Ocean

Event date:
19/05/2022 (All day) to 21/05/2022 (All day)
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    After more than 2 years, the EU4Ocean Ocean Literacy Summit is rewarding outstanding actions for the Ocean!

    After more than 2 years, the EU4Ocean Coalition – an initiative on ocean literacy of the European Commission - is rewarding and celebrating the activities of its members and their most outstanding initiatives to date, and is looking forward to the future!



    On 19 May, visit the EU4Ocean Coalition booth and exhibition space, where you can join many interactive activities organised by the EU4Ocean members.

    On 20 May 2022, during the European Maritime Day, the hybrid Ocean Literacy EU4Ocean Summit will showcase and award the most successful initiatives, collaborations and actions of the EU4Ocean Coalition members. Organisations, individuals, young people, schools and teachers are coming together to celebrate their efforts and commitment to the ocean and invite others to join them in their work to enhance ocean literacy throughout Europe. They will demonstrate how working together can achieve more than individual actions. The EU4Ocean Summit will be a great opportunity to join this growing movement.

    The three communities of the EU4Ocean Coalition have been working together tirelessly:

    • the EU4Ocean Platform has recently reached 125 members, including organisations, individuals, and initiatives eager to connect, collaborate and mobilise their ocean literacy efforts. Despite the pandemic, members are finding opportunities to share ideas for joint action on three priority issues: Climate and Ocean, Food from the Ocean, and Healthy and Clean Ocean.
    • the Youth4Ocean Forum is a free platform for young people between the ages of 16 and 30, who are passionate about the ocean and who want to make a significant change to protect it and manage its resources in a sustainable way. The Forum has more than 200 members, 133 of which have been recognised as Young Ocean Advocates by the European Commission for their outstanding and innovative work that contributes to developing ocean literacy and improving the health of the world´s oceans and the well-being of coastal communities. With more than 60 ongoing projects, their actions support a shift in thinking and action across Europe and contribute to a healthy and sustainable ocean (beach and ocean clean-up projects, ocean-themed art exhibitions, books, apps and games for marine conservation, engineering projects such as a 3D printed underwater drone, research projects including mapping ghost nets or unexploded ordnance, sailing projects to raise awareness about the challenges faced by the ocean, business projects in aquaculture and the blue economy). See an extract of their video pitches here! The Forum also offers a coaching and mentoring programme that connects its members with experts of the EU4Ocean Coalition, as in these extracts from the “Meet a Blue Expert” webinar series. Recently, the representatives of the Forum took part in the COP26 to make their voice heard.
    • the Network of European Blue Schools now counts 92 members among schools and teachers committed to bringing the ocean into classrooms! To this end, they engaged with their students in the “Find the Blue” challenge by creating and implementing practical action-oriented and problem-solving educational projects addressing ocean issues and challenges.

    Join us for the EU4Ocean Summit

    Have a lok at the programme of the Ocean Literacy EU4Ocean Summit to learn more about our sessions and activities!

    After the Opening session, members of the three EU4Ocean communities will come together to discuss what has been achieved so far. 

    The successive Sessions 1 and Sessions 2, and the respective panel discussions will focus on three topics: Climate & Ocean, Healthy and Clean Ocean, and Food from the Ocean

    Session 3 will provide a forward-looking focus on the benefits of Ocean Literacy for society and opportunities for future developments and set the frame for the afternoon parallel workshops. 

    The morning will conclude with the “EU4OCEAN in action!” - Award ceremony, which will celebrate this milestone and the many contributions of its growing communities to Let’s make Europe Blue! The call for submission of initiatives is open until April 29!

    In the afternoon, you will have the opportunity to choose between a series of thematic workshops:

    The Closing Session “Sailing forward” will consist of a round table discussion with representative from EC DG MARE, the EU4Ocean Coordinator, and the EU4Ocean coalition’s communities. The group will provide a forward-looking focus for enhancing ocean literacy in sea basins, internationally,  across the three topics, and discuss the next steps for the EU4Ocean Coalition.

    The Summit, supported by the UNESCO as one of the Ocean Decade Actions, will also kick off a new series of initiatives, such as the new EU4Ocean Mentoring Programme. The Coalition wants to keep the momentum going, renew the commitment of its members, bring new ocean lovers on board, and pave the way for further progress.

    Celebrate the Ocean at the EU4Ocean Ocean Literacy Festival

    On 21 May, join the activities organised by the EU4Ocean Coalition members for the Ocean Literacy Festival!

    The Festival will connect ocean literacy actors from Europe, and showcase the wide diversity of ocean literacy initiatives already in place. It will feature on-site events (in Ravenna, Italy) as well as hybrid events organised in different locations across Europe and the various sea-basins (which will then be broadcast online). Activities can be submitted via this form until May 1st. (or until April 15th for activities in Ravenna).

    A general overview and detailed information on the EU4Ocean plenary sessions and workshops taking place at the EU4Ocean Summit is available in the EMD Programme. Follow us on #EU4Ocean to keep up to date with the latest news.

    EMD in my country 2022

    In addition, if you have a planned event on Ocean Literacy, you can also submit an application to be labeled as a EMD In My Country 2022 event and bring Ocean Literacy and the European Maritime Day 2022 to your country. All the organisers will receive sustainable #EMD In My Country-branded gadgets and their events will be promoted via the Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries' information channels. EMD In My Country 2022 will include physical, virtual and hybrid events that will take place from 1 April to 31 October 2022. Fill in the application form until 15 February 2022.

    Making Europe Blue is our vision!

    A variety of threats including climate change, overfishing and pollution are putting our oceans at risk, and we need to work together to change course.

    The Make Europe Blue campaign has been running for nearly a year, calling on citizens, businesses, organisations, authorities, celebrities and educators to make a pledge to protect the ocean. “Every action – even the smallest one - brings change to our ocean”, is our motto... and one we truly believe in!

    Join the EU4Ocean Final Summit and make your pledge, too. By sharing it with others – via the #MakeEUBlue hashtag – we can inspire others and take care of our shared ocean together. We can make a difference, one pledge at a time.

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