Joining forces at the first “EU4Ocean workshop – Designing Ocean Literacy action in Europe this September

On 24 – 25 September 2020, the first EU4Ocean workshop– Designing Ocean Literacy action in Europe will be organised by the EU4Ocean Coalition – a new initiative on ocean literacy of the European Commission.

Registration is now open HERE.

Following the official announcement by the Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, Virginijus Sinkevičius during the first international Virtual Ocean Literacy Summit (World Ocean Day, June 8, 2020), founding members of the EU4Ocean Platform have recently kicked-off their work: 76 organisations and initiatives eager to connect, collaborate and mobilise efforts on ocean literacy. Members gathered online to get to know each other, and shared ideas of collective actions on three priority themes: Climate and Ocean, Food from the Ocean, and Healthy and Clean Ocean.

At the same time, the Youth4Ocean Forum is gathering its founding members, a group of young people aged between 16 and 30 who are passionate about the ocean. Founding members are joining forces to support changes in mindsets and practices across Europe that will contribute to a healthy and sustainable ocean.

This summer, the Network of European Blue Schools is being established to bring the ocean into classrooms – and students to the ocean! Teachers, school managers, marine educators and students will be provided a handbook to help them engage in the “Find the Blue” challenge. Students will create and implement practical action-oriented problem-solving educational projects addressing ocean issues and challenges. Successful projects will earn their school the European Blue School certification.

See more information on the EU Blue School Pledge below:

EU4OCEAN Launch

A series of interactive and participatory online workshops will serve as a platform for founding members and key stakeholders to present the ambition, organisation, process and tools put in place for supporting collective action for each of the three communities of the EU4Ocean Coalition.

Online workshops planned for the 24th September include:

This online workshop will reflect the focus of, and interconnection between, the three communities of the EU4Ocean coalition: the EU4Ocean Platform, the Youth4Ocean Forum, and the Network of European Blue Schools. Winners of the #YoungOceanWaves contestwill be announced during this online workshop.

This online workshop will focus on the need for a collective change of understanding, values, and actions, as well as on the growing importance of communication and capacity building for effective joint efforts. It will present the first operational work of the EU4Ocean Platform.

Youth is a drive for change. The online workshop will pave the way for the Forum to operate and promote collaborations between young enthusiastic people.

  • The Network of European Blue Schools: embarking on a journey for ocean literacy | 15:00 – 16:30 IST

Ocean literate children will be responsible adults. In this online workshop, schools and teachers will share experiences in Ocean Literacy and identify drivers and pre-conditions for success and key areas for future work. The EU Blue School handbook and certification process will be presented.

Workshop on the 25th of September

September 25 will be dedicated to building momentum for collective actions, mobilising representatives of the three communities at the EU and at the regional sea basin scales in the Arctic OceanBaltic Sea, North Sea/Atlantic Ocean, Mediterranean Sea, and Black Sea, which express the EU diversity, cultural richness, and knowledge sharing. Online workshops planned on 25 September include:

Morning session | Paving the way to collective initiatives addressing key marine challenges: thematic workshops

Combining plenary and parallel group sessions, these online workshops aim at setting the basis for collective ocean literacy initiatives on Climate and Ocean, Food from the Ocean, and Healthy and Clean Ocean.

Afternoon session | Building collective Ocean Literacy initiatives at the sea basin scale

Five parallel online workshops will be co-organised to investigate specific marine and Ocean Literacy challenges in European sea basins. Participants will be encouraged to share their know-how and identify opportunities for collective actions.

  • Atlantic Sea Basin | 13:00 – 15:00 IST

Registration

Register HERE and join the first EU4Ocean workshop – Designing Ocean Literacy action in Europe!

Written by IOLN admins

The Irish Ocean Literacy Network (IOLN) aims to bring together relevant institutes, agencies, researchers, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), non-governmental organisations (NGOs), individuals and educators who are working towards the vision of “achieving an ocean literate society across the island of Ireland”.

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