We are very proud to announce that Okeanos Foundation for the Sea is setting sail to reach new shores. For more than ten years, we have actively supported Pacific island nations on their transition paths from sea transportation based on fossil fuels to low-carbon alternatives with our Pacific Vaka network. This infrastructural transition is an important step for Pacific islanders in becoming independent from fossil fuels while at the same time protecting marine environments and the global climate. Increasing ocean and environmental literacy leading to action is another important step Okeanos is supporting to reach these goals.
From this year on, our ‘floating island’, Vaka Hine Moana, is based in the Mediterranean Sea. In collaboration with environmental leaders, active youth groups, citizen scientists and scientific research institutions, we enable young people to mindfully encounter marine ecosystems, create their own oceanstories and develop ideas that will lead to the protection of marine ecosystems.