Our drive is our love for the ocean!
Meeting the ocean and its secrets at eye level allows us to reach new horizons. Our aim is to open these doors to as many people as possible, so that fascination for the ocean gives rise to the drive for protecting this habitat. Okeanos supports partners and projects that are actively involved and encourages young people in particular to create their own tools and voices to engage in processes of environmental protection and social transformation.
Okeanos – Foundation for the Sea
A fabulous seventy per cent of the earth is covered by oceans. They are the fascinating and mysterious heart of our planet and the powerful lungs that make human life on land possible. Despite their seeming inexhaustibility, our oceans are fragile systems, finite and vulnerable. Protecting them is a fundamental prerequisite if we want to ensure human life on land. And action speaks louder than words.
“Fifty years ago, we perceived oceans as inexhaustible and indestructible. Today we know that this was a huge misconception. So let’s act accordingly!”
– Dieter Paulmann
Therefore, we have been working with various partners in the Pacific for more than ten years to develop sustainable maritime transport and support research projects aimed at long-term system changes. In Germany, we primarily support youth and young adults in their ecological and social commitment, among others through youth initiatives like waves of action. On their way to becoming strong activists and spokespersons, we support young people by guiding them in their personal development and giving them self-care tools that make their engagement truly sustainable.
Extract from the projects:
Bringing together active youth for ocean and environmental protection projects in three summercamps on Vaka Okeanos off the French coast in the Mediterranean Sea
Development of a mentoring programme for the unfolding of personal potentials that enable commitment to a sustainable future
Die Nature Writing Autorin Michaela Vieser ist Wave Writer Stipendiatin der Okeanos Stiftung für das Meer. Im Zentrum ihrer Arbeit steht der Blick auf unseren menschlichen Umgang mit den Gewässern unseres Planeten.