EUROFLEETS has recently joined the initiative that aims to connect 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!
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 a 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 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. 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.
On May 20th, during the European Maritime Day celebrations, the European Commissioner for Environment, Ocean and Fisheries, Virginijus Sinkevičius, launched the #MakeEUBlue campaign.
Powered by the EU4Ocean Coalition, this initiative is a call on citizens, businesses, organisations, authorities, and celebrities to commit to an action that can benefit the ocean.
The ocean’s ability to serve as the Planet’s life support system is compromised by several threats, such as climate change, overfishing and pollution. Civil society’s response to turn this tipping point must be through a pledge for the ocean. Every pledge, even the smallest one, is vital to tackle the ocean crisis.
EUROFLEETS as a member of EU4Ocean pledge “through our activities to advance the assessment of the ocean health, create a more ‘Ocean literate’ society and educate the next generation of European Marine Scientists.”
Will you help us make Europe Blue?
The Make Europe Blue platform presents key facts about the state of the ocean. It is a place to gather inspiration and embolden others to act for a blue planet.
By making a pledge, you will appear on our interactive map and contribute to making Europe Blue. Check it out!
Joining is easy:
- Visit the Make Europe Blueplatform
- Choose your personal commitment from the example pledges , or make your original pledge for the wellbeing of the ocean
- Share with others using the #MakeEUBlue hashtag with a clear message: We are acting for the ocean, are you?