Peace Boat Events in support of World Oceans Day

Jun 3, 2020

The theme of UN World Oceans Day 2020 is “Innovation for a Sustainable Ocean.” 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


May 27 (Wednesday) 

"Keeping Up Momentum for Ocean and Climate Action in 2020" organized by the International Alliance to Combat Ocean Acidification (OA Alliance). 

How are governments and civil society continuing to drive ocean and climate action during this unprecedented time?


  • Ms. Jessie Turner – OA Alliance
  • Ambassador Peter Thomson – Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean
  • Elena Perez – Ocean Action Agenda Lead, World Economic Forum
  • Emilie McGlone – Director, Peace Boat US
  • Francois Bailet – UN DOALOS
  • Dr. Joanna Post – UNFCCC Secretariat, Programme Management Officer for Research & Systematic Observation
  • Secretary Vladimir Ryabinin – Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission UNESCO


June 3 (Wednesday) – 4 PM (EST)

Youth for Ocean and Climate Action with March for Science and Sustainable Ocean Alliance


  • Khadija Stewart – Peace Boat Ocean and Climate Youth Ambassador
  • Mark Haver – YPAC LEAD & SOA Florida Chapter
  • Chet Monday – Director of Youth Programs, March for Science
  • Emilie McGlone – Director of Peace Boat US
  • Rania Batrice – March for Science (Moderator)


June 9 (Tuesday) – 11 AM (EST)

Sea Ahead / BlueTech Webinar “FreeSwims” on Decarbonizing the Maritime Industry


June 9 (Tuesday) – 3:30-4:30 PM (EST)

Youth Sailing the High Seas – Film Screening: “Against the Tide: A Journey for Climate Hope”

In partnership with Global Kids and Sea Rangers


  • Emilie McGlone – Peace Boat US 
  • Wietse Van Der Werf – Director of Sea Rangers 
  • Sara Van Eerde – Youth Leader from Global Kids, Youth for the SDGs scholar 
  • Zana Wade – Peace Boat Ocean and Climate Youth Ambassador from Belize


June 9 (Tuesday) – 6:00-6:45 (EST)


EarthX and the National Geographic Society will convene virtually to celebrate World Oceans Week from June 9-11 at   Tune in to watch our Peace Boat Ocean Youth leaders on June 9 from 6 – 6:45 PM during the youth presentations as they share their inspiring work towards sustainable ocean communities.  EarthxOcean will bring together cross-disciplinary innovators driving solutions to the most pressing threats facing our oceans. These solutions will be explored through conversations, film screenings and extended reality experiences – highlighting the power of science and storytelling to unlock the impact potential of communities across cultures, generations and ideologies.


June 11 (Thursday) – 12:00-1:30 PM (EST)

Advancing Knowledge into Action – Innovative Solutions to Address Impacts of Ocean Acidification


  • Jessie Turner – OA Alliance, Project Coordinator
  • Dr. Cliff Law – Principal Scientist-Marine Biogeochemistry, NIWA
  • Dr. Nichole Price – Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences
  • Alexis Valauri-Orton – Ocean Acidification Program Manager, Ocean Foundation
  • Dr. Wiley Evans – Ocean Acidification Program Manager, Hakai Institute
  • Emilie McGlone – Ecoship presentation, Director of Peace Boat US


June 11 (Thursday) – 4 PM EST

Innovative Ocean Habits: From the Depths of the Oceans to the High Seas


  • Henk Rogers – Blue Planet Foundation
  • Fabien Cousteau – Fabien Cousteau Ocean Learning Center 
  • Tre Packard and Akira Biondo – PangeaSeed Foundation
  • Emilie McGlone – Director, Peace Boat US 
  • Sam Teicher and Gator Halpern – Co-founders, Coral Vita


June 12 (Friday) – 11 AM (EST)

Innovation for the Ocean: A Latin American Perspective (in Spanish)


  • Roberto Cerda – Founder of Restore Coral
  • Emilie McGlone – Director of Peace Boat US
  • Daniel Caceres – SOA Latin American Representative
  • Emily Tewes – Program Coordinator, Sustainable Ocean Alliance (SOA)


June 12 (Friday) – 1 PM (EST)

Sailing for Change in Oceans Week – Peace Boat’s Ocean Youth Leaders

Peace Boat’s youth leaders who are change-makers in their own communities are invited onboard Peace Boat’s ship through its youth programs where they learn from guest educators on board the ship and from different organizations in the countries the ship visits. These youth leaders are all actively working to protect our ocean, many on small island states that are dependent on the ocean and which are on the front lines of the climate crisis.

Join the session to hear more about their communities’ relationship with the ocean and their experiences sailing with Peace Boat.


  • Emilie McGlone – Director of Peace Boat US
  • Khadija Stewart – Peace Boat Ocean and Climate Youth Ambassador
  • Silvia Cantu – Youth for the SDGs scholar
  • Sara Van Eerde – Global Kids leader and Youth for the SDGs scholar
  • More youth participants to be announced soon.


June 12 (Friday) – 12-7 PM (EST)

Ocean Innovation Hub – An Immersive and Interactive Digital Platform for Sustainable Ocean Solutions




Join us in this inspiring virtual conference space to learn more and exchange ideas about the most important issues today facing our oceans. The full-day experience will include discussions, films, music, and photography exhibitions about the world’s oceans.

This event will be the grand finale for the UN World Oceans week of events around the theme for 2020 – “Innovation for a Sustainable Ocean”.
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