Since its inception in 2008, UN World Oceans Day (8 June) celebrates the ocean and its importance to the planet and our lives, while raising awareness about the many threats it faces. As the challenges to the ocean continue to grow, so does the need for novel solutions and the people driving them.
The theme of UN World Oceans Day 2020 is “Innovation for a Sustainable Ocean.” Innovation – relating to the introduction of new methods, ideas, or products – is a dynamic term, and one that is fundamentally filled with hope. This year, the UN World Oceans Day celebration will take place as a virtual event produced in partnership with Oceanic Global. Peace Boat is a proud member of the 2020 Friends of World Oceans Day (FOWOD) Group and excited to be organizing a series of online events with partner organizations working towards a sustainable ocean as a Partner of the UN World Oceans Day (WOD) website.
UN World Oceans Day 2020 will shed light on innovations from around the globe in areas of need that are both promising and proven, ones that instil optimism, and ones that have demonstrated the ability to scale effectively. It will also provide a platform to thought leaders of varied backgrounds, who are paving new paths forward for the health of our ocean and our planet as a whole.
Ecoship is Peace Boat’s own ‘Innovation for a Sustainable Ocean’; a low-carbon cruising model for the industry and a flagship for climate action and healthy oceans around the world. Peace Boat youth representatives from the Ocean and Climate Youth Ambassador Program and Peace Boat US Youth for the SDGs Scholars will share their innovative solutions for the oceans as part of our 2020 Ocean Youth Leaders online series. Participating youth are profiled in a spotlight feature here. There will be a film screening of Against the Tide: A Journey for Climate filmed on board Peace Boat's ship during one of the Ocean and Climate Youth Ambassador Programmes.
Visit UN World Oceans Day to find out how you can get involved and participate in events throughout World Oceans Week. Follow @unworldoceansday on Instagram and use #unworldoceansday on social media. Details of Peace Boat’s events can be found on Peace Boat's page on the UN World Oceans Day website.