The last week I had the privilege to be present at the Our Ocean Youth & Our Ocean conference in Malta. An important gathering by and for the world! Here high-level leaders came together to emphasize on the urgency of improving the health of our ocean. And to make commitments on what each one is going to do to really turn the tide! How was it?
A life-changing experience!
Not only for me, but for everyone living on this planet today! Really amazing to see such a big presence from presidents, ministers, EU, UN, ocean leaders and organisations from all over the world for the common goal of saving the ocean. Countries from all over the world have made big pledges to take the protection of the ocean to the highest level! 700 concrete, measurable and tracked commitments have been made! Since we’re ALL dependent on the ocean! And we have NO time to lose!
Read all the commitments
here. There’s still hope. We must save what’s left!
Powerful quotes, statements and food for thought from the summit:
“We know now what we could not know as a kid. We’re 8 million minds together! Our collective knowdlegde gathering capacity is a gift. We need to get better at caring and respecting. We really are sea creatures, without the ocean we cannot exist. Our life support system is grounded in the ocean. You may never touch the ocean, but the ocean touches you. We must be mindful of all actions you take. We have the power! We need to get better at caring and respecting. And we own it to the ocean. Don’t ever think it’s too late, until it’s too later.” Sylvia A. Earle of Mission Blue
“Paris & SDG 14 are critical in the survival of our species. We got to spread the word. And make ideas come to live!” – Peter Thomson. UN secretary General’s special Envoy for the Ocean.
“Our main challenge is awareness for collective change. We have to make it exciting and enticing to change behaviour.” – Frans Timmermans
Dr. Nathan Walworth from Covalence Life presented a powerful talk about the importance of the Circular Economy. “Is Climate change our biggest issue? Or is climate change a reflection of our deeper internal and external issues?” Do your habits reflect how you feel about the world?” How can we move toward a regenerative world?” “You are the future mindful culture and lifestyle for the planet: a regenerative lifestyle.” All SOA Youth participants were challenged to pick a topic and present the following day on their circular economy solution.
Oliver Steeds – CEO of Nekton (Deepsea technology and exploration) compared the ocean challenge and solution with a mountain. “Look at the challenge as climbing a mountain. Focus on 1 thing until you reach basecamp number 1. Then move on to the next basecamp.” Step by step we can make sustainable changes and reach for the top!
James Movick from the Pacific Island Forum Fisheries Agency emphasized the importance of equity. Pacific Islanders are on the frontline feeling the effects of changes in the ocean. The islanders are highly dependent on the state of the ocean. But appetite from overseas is catching fish faster than they can rejuvenate. “Who’s equity are you looking after? How do we distribute the resource ecosystem? And how can we build equity felt by those on the ground?” As individuals, question where you fish is coming from. Is it legal?
Brett Jenks – CEO of Rare. “Everything what’s wrong with the world gives us the opportunity to change it, “There are so many reasons to celebrate. Given the evidence, we’re in a good place. But we have work to do!” Understanding how the minds works, is what’s going to change it.”
John Frank – Vice President EU Government affairs of Microsoft, mentioned that true fact that Ocean problems don’t happen in the ocean! He said the future is not inevitable. But each one of is is capable to bring something to the table. “Don’t just accept the future, go shape it,” – John Frank. Powerful!
A few takeaways from the Our Ocean conference 2017 in Malta:
Climate Change is #1 on the agenda! Marine litter climbed high up the ladder for urgency! We must turn the plastic tide: government, business, and individuals!
Major announcements for new Marine Protected Areas all over the world! (Currently, only 3.1% of the ocean are protected!)
More than six billion euros committed by public and private actors!
Sustainable Ocean Alliance announced the SOA Youth Ocean Solutions accelerator! A place for the youngsters to make the innovative ocean ideas happen
Keywords! Blue and circular economy, innovation, and urgency!
Acknowledgement of the importance of having more young ocean leaders.
It has been so empowering to be amongst others dedicating their lives to saving the ocean. Meet up, team up and taking action! We can’t settle for little improvements. Big changes must be made urgently so the next generations in every layer of our ecosystem can thrive too! We can do this! No one can do this alone, but ALL together we can!
I also really like to emphasize we really have NO time to lose! We don’t see it because we don’t live below the surface (at least most of us humans ;)). But we are all dependent on the ocean! For food, oxygen, jobs, health and happiness. The forests of the seas are dying, the ocean is becoming acid and species are getting lost. Ok. On to the good news -> there is still hope! But we must ALL take collective action. NOW!
What can YOU do? Make conscious decisions in every choice you’re making! What’s the best you can choose? Educate yourself. Ask questions. Be curious! Are you a sailor? Provision carefully. Are you a traveller? Pack with purpose. And explore the ocean! So you experience it’s magic! And it’s current state… Like, share and support the work of young ocean leaders which will help tremendously to keep us all going!
Thanks everyone but especially all you youngsters (100 attendees from 50 different countries!) for showing up, sharing your energy for our common goal to protect the ocean. A massive shout out to Daniela & team of the Sustainable Oceans Alliance (SOA Youth) for enabling the younger ocean change makers to attend this event! And to all the new #ourocean friends I’ve made! Here’s a video compiled by SOA Youth and the 100 young ocean leaders taking action for the ocean and why.
Connect people to the ocean! When people can experience the ocean, they will love, understand, care, and act! I aim to help a lot in the awareness and education department by campaigning on social media, blogging, through the book I just wrote, with video, and more ocean experiences in which you can take part! Stay tuned on this blog.
I just made the ocean adventure travel guide: OCEAN NOMAD available! I wrote this book with the aim to help more people experience the ocean. From experience comes awareness and excitement. From that, comes caring. Ocean Nomad helps others go on sailing adventures and also includes 60 pages of what’s actually happening to the oceans and what you can do as an individual.
I, and Anna (Oceanographer from Seattle), Daniel (Peruvean Ambassador for the Ocean), Andy – Makes artificial reef structures (Reef Life Restoration) & Olivia – campaigns against the plastic pollution with One Less Straw) All passionate young ocean change makers!
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No boat? No budget? No sailing experience? No problem! Now there’s a guide explaining the ins and outs on how (and how not) to hop on a boat for a sail across the Atlantic. Packed with practical advice and stories, the 400 pages ocean travel guide, Ocean Nomad, persuades and informs the adventure traveller to go from the idea of “someday I would like to go on a sailing trip”, to sipping a coconut on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean celebrating the achievement. After reading the book excuses will be thrown overboard for good and action modus is on.
27th and 28th of October book Ocean Nomad will be launched on the classic wooden Sailing Vessel Grace in Arrecife & Puerto Calero, Lanzarote, Canary Islands. The book launch event aka pontoon party will be a gathering of (aspiring) sailors, travellers, adventurers, ocean savers and the curious. The 28th of October S/V Grace will sail south to Puerto Calero for the Ocean Film Festival where a screening will be hosted of the Caribbean shot movie Vanishing Sail, to not only help revive the traditional wooden boat building, but also tourism in the Caribbean, that needs encouragement more than ever.
First in the Ocean Nomad ocean adventure travel guide series, the Atlantic Ocean edition, inspires to get out there, explore and discover the ocean while making a positive difference. “This ambitious guide book is the spark that will ignite your sense of adventure and provoke your compassion to create a better world,” says Monique Mills Captain & Ocean Advocate. Ocean Nomad encourages an alternative and nature-minded way of adventure travel. The Caribbean edition is yet in the making.
Called the “doyenne of sailboat hitchhikers!” by captain Lyon, Suzanne emphasizes that traversing an ocean by sea is not just about finding a boat. Finding the right boat, careful investigation and preparation are what makes it a fun, safe, and meaningful ocean adventure. Book Ocean Nomad explains what to be mindful of. In addition to practical tips, information and stories, Ocean Nomad includes +75 actionable takeaways on how sailors can make a positive difference for the ocean. “As ocean nomads, we can ‘just’ cross an ocean and have a memorable adventure, but we can do more! The ocean brings us so much. As fanatic users, we are responsible for bringing life back into the ocean. We have no time to lose when it comes to preserving the ocean” says Suzanne.
Join the book launch pontoon party: 27th and 28th of October in Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Spain.
About the Author
Suzanne van der Veeken is an adventure-loving, curiousity seeking ocean adventurer and advocate. For over ten years, she has been slow travelling around the world, of which last four years, mostly under sail, while living a minimalistic nomad lifestyle as a location independent entrepreneur.
Suzanne hitched her first ride across the Atlantic as a complete newbie to the world of sailing. She has now sailed across the Atlantic three times on a strangers’ sailboat. In fact, she has explored almost every ocean on the planet with this alternative way of travel. She has figured out how (and how not) to catch rides on other people’s boats. Her ocean adventures have amazed her to the beauty of nature, but also the challenges the oceans are facing. With Ocean Nomad Suzanne aims to help adventure-seekers experience the magic of the high seas, to broaden horizons, and encourage positive change for the ocean.”When people have felt that connection to the ocean, they’ll be more triggered to care and act,” she says. As the ‘Oceanpreneur,’ she creates ocean adventure travel content, trips, and expeditions to excite and inform others about ocean travel and conservation.
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Last weekend of October the official book launch of book OCEAN NOMAD will take place on and around the classic sailing vessel ‘Grace of Aberdeen’ in Lanzarote! A grande meet-up of ocean adventurers, (aspiring) sailors, and change-makers.
About Ocean Nomad
No boat? No budget? No sailing experience? But an urge for ocean adventure… No problem! Sail the Atlantic Ocean as a Crew Member
Discover what it feels like to wake up on the ocean, breathe the ocean air, have the wind in your hair, navigate by the stars, live simple and resourceful, and be eye to eye with dolphins. Day in, day out.
Travelling an ocean on someone else’s sailing boat is not a straightforward endeavour. To be ready to expect the unexpected, careful investigation and preparation is essential. In this ocean travel crew guide you will discover HOW TO:
– Start the adventure! Take that first step out the door.
– Find a boat: where, when and why.
– Plan, pack, prepare and provision as crew.
– Check safety, reliability and the happy-factor of the boat, captain & crew.
– Deal with seasickness, limited resources, waste, watch-keeping & more.
– Make a positive difference for the health of the ocean.
Packed with practical advice and stories, Ocean Nomad guides you from the idea of “someday I would like to go on a sailing trip”, to sipping a coconut on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean celebrating the achievement.
“This ambitious guide book is the spark that will ignite your sense of adventure and provoke your compassion to create a better world.” Monique Mills – Captain & Ocean Advocate
About the Launch Party Weekend!
Join the festivities & feel free to invite your adventure, sailing and change-maker friends.
Brief overview of the happenings :
Morning: Radio Show ‘The Mix Lanzarote’ on board of ‘Grace of Aberdeen’ Theme show about crossing the Atlantic with a prominent role for the book as well as for the oceans.
Afternoon: Press hour
Fiesta on the pontoon & S/V Grace in the Marina of Arrecife. A celebration of the book with drinks and bites, and many opportunities to network with other adventurers, change-makers, and sailors aspiring and planning to sail the Atlantic.
Grace will set sail south with a few VIP guests:)
Evening: Film Screening of Vanishing Sail – the traditional wooden boat craft & Fundraise for Hurricane Irma & Maria rebuilding.www.vanishingsail.com Location Puerto Calero.
Signing sessions in between the happenings and all your ‘how to catch a ride & make a difference ‘ questions answered!
Learn more about OCEAN NOMAD – The Complete Atlantic Sailing Crew Guide – Catch a Ride & Make a Difference for a Healthier Ocean -> www.oceannomad.co