Coinciding with the youth-led Global Climate Strikes taking place this September, Peace Boat has published the report of the third edition of the Ocean and Climate Youth Ambassadors Programme. Peace Boat invites youth from small islands on the frontline of the climate crisis to travel onboard its ship to raise awareness of the impacts of climate change and ocean degradation. The programme was launched in 2017 to amplify the voices of young people affected by the climate breakdown in the Global South in particular from Small Island Developing States (SIDS). Peace Boat has also made a 360 video about the programme.
The participants in the third edition were from Fiji, Tuvalu, Palau, Montserrat, Trinidad & Tobago, Saint Lucia, Seychelles and Singapore. They started the voyage in Valletta (Malta) and they travelled to New York City (United States) with stops and activities in Granada (Spain), Tangier (Morocco) and Ponta Delgada (Portugal). In the report, the youth write about their experiences during the programme in the different ports visited. It also includes information about the situation in their home countries and about the activities that Peace Boat organized during World Oceans Day in New York City on June 7-8. The report looks at the future of the programme and features two interviews with two of the newest Ecoship supporters: Sylvia Earle, founder of Mission Blue, and Fabien Cousteau, founder of the Fabien Cousteau Ocean Learning Center whom the youth ambassadors met in New York. You can read and download the report here.
According to Chema Sarri, the purpose of this publication is to keep giving a voice to youth from around the world. “In the last year and inspired by Greta Thunberg, thousands of young people have taken to the streets and demonstrated demanding changes because of the climate breakdown. This movement is having a huge impact and changing the way many people relate to climate change, but many young people from the Global South have been protesting for many years and their voices have often been ignored. With this report and the programme, Peace Boat aims to keep different platforms to young people whose voices are not featured in the global media”, he comments.
The 360 video is a collaboration with the 360º Story Lab from Digital Promise Global and the SDG Action Campaign. The video will be part of their 360º Story Lab’s media collection along with other youth-produced submissions from around the world and to promote it as an example of immersive storytelling that inspires positive action for the Global Goals. It was edited by one of the youths taking part in the programme, Nathaniel Soon from Singapore. You can see the video below.