Bringing the Ocean to Society
9 Mar 2020
Education: an outstanding way of explaining to society the vital importance of our ocean
Regardless of where people live...

Education is the key to the future of our oceans

This is why the German Ocean Foundation is proud to create a large joint educational platform for marine protection with the International Ocean Film Tour. Under the title "Ocean Lovers Education", an online platform is being created, through which education officers will have free access to current films with the appropriate educational materials.  Teachers, lecturers and environmental officers can register here

ALDEBARAN to the 5th expedition at Lake Constance 2020

Their flagship, the research vessel ALDEBARAN, has now arrived in Friedrichshafen on Lake Constance and it is great that this year, for the fifth time, they are once again able to implement an excellent water education programme in cooperation with the Klett Mint publishing company and the Baden-Württemberg Foundation (see also: https://www.bwstiftung.de/mikromakro-mint/). In the anniversary year, they will also carry out further modules - for example for school Castle Salem or an international module with the countries Austria, Switzerland and Liechtenstein. If you would like to get an idea of this successful educational initiative, you can take a look at this small documentation: https://bit.ly/2Tir7t2

Save the Date:  Ocean evening at the International Ocean Day on the 8th of June in Constance, Germany

It has become a nice tradition that they meet on the "International Day of the Oceans" for a small network meeting on a passenger ship on Lake Constance. This year it will take place on 8th of June from 6:00 pm in Constance. A detailed programme will follow and they would be pleased if you would note this date in your calendar.


Multiple winners at the Marine Competition 

In the opinion of the jury, the results of this year's "Research at Sea" marine competition were so outstanding that they were able to award two first places. The team with Lewin Tu, Katharina Köppe and Paul Schröder (Landesgymnasium für Hochbegabte, Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany) could convince with the topic "Simplified determination of microplastic load in water sediments and investigation of PETase activity in the maritime environment". The students Kim Zierahn, Hiva Bingöl and Lisa Matthies (Alexander-von-Humboldt-Gymnasium, Hamburg, Germany) also delivered a great project sketch on the topic "Microplastics in sewage treatment plants". Both groups could be happy about exciting book prizes.

The fact that both teams also won the respective regional competitions in Stuttgart (Baden-Württemberg, Germany) and Hamburg, Germany for "Jugend forscht ("Youth researches”) shows how right the jury's decision was for the winners. They congratulate them warmly! https://segelreporter.com/panorama/umwelt-mikroplastik-in-elbe-und-ostsee-aldebaran-schuelerinnen-bei-jugend-forscht/The films about the research of the students on board the ALDEBARAN can be found under the following links: https://bit.ly/3cqFz9X &https://bit.ly/2VEWqzW

Application for Marine Competition 2020

Until 30th of March 2020, curious schoolchildren from Class 9 onwards can register for this year's "Research at Sea" marine competition. This year's overall theme is "Underwater noise - underestimated disturbance factor in the ocean". Details and registration under this link: http://meereswettbewerb.de/teilnehmen/

Please promote the marine competition and feel free to pass on this information.

"Ocean Tribute Award" to "Sea Women of Melanesia"

The "Ocean Tribute Award", endowed with 20,000 euros, was presented to the Coral Sea Foundation and its project "Sea Women of Melanesia" together with the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and boot Duesseldorf during the "Blue Motion Night" on 20th of January 2020 in Duesseldorf. In this initiative, young, committed Melanesian women from the states of Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Fiji and Vanuatu are specially trained to establish marine protection zones around the unique, largest contiguous coral reefs in the world. An international team of marine biologists is on site and trains the girls and women in diving and surveying techniques to preserve and protect the corals. More information about the project: http://www.coralseafoundation.net

"Love your ocean" on the "boot Duesseldorf" more successful than ever

They were delighted that the great initiative to protect the seas at "boot Düsseldorf" once again attracted thousands of visitors. They were able to set exciting accents with exciting exhibits such as the first filter cascade that can automatically filter microplastics and the measuring system used on the Ocean Race and the yacht "Malizia II". Together with the German Federal Agency for Technical Relief and the mermaids they presented impressive dives in their diving tower. In addition, there were other experience islands - these dealt with topics such as sounds and noise in the ocean or the use of innovative and sustainable products, such as textiles made from seaweed. In the Virtual Reality Lounge, visitors could go diving and experience corals, sharks or porpoises up close. For the young researchers there was a lot to discover and learn in the workshop area. During the stamp rally, which took them once around the entire action area, they had to prove their knowledge.

They are already looking for the best ideas for the coming year and as a review of the "boot" 2020 they have compiled the following film: https://bit.ly/32JdXsd

For more information visit: https://www.boot.de/de/Events/Specials/love_your_ocean/love_your_ocean_-_Aktionsstand_zur_boot_in_Halle_11 & https://www.boot.com/

First Ocean Festival in Berlin

The oceans need our attention. That's why this year, for the first time, they will be organizing a major ocean festival at Potsdamer Platz in Berlin. On the weekend from 14th to 16th of August, partners from business, science, society and politics will have the opportunity to present their forward-looking ocean initiatives. For further information you can find the concept of the event here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1ZBEH8joTLpR-Rba485RT3my_4UPaAvgn

In addition, the festival will be accompanied by high-profile personalities, such as the pioneer of marine research, Dr. Sylvia Earle, founder of the "Mission Blue" initiative, who has already been asked to participate. More about the incredibly great work of Sylvia Earle there are also numerous films, for example this one: https://youtu.be/B1wp2MQCsfQ

More information: https://mission-blue.org. If you want to be part of it, send them your ideas and suggestions by e-mail to oceanfestival@meeresstiftung.de

How politics must act on the plastics problem

For more than 18 months, they have been working together with the Federal Association of Marine Waste to bring together a large group of well-known non-governmental organizations under one roof and to bring together their joint know-how for a better environment without plastics in a catalogue of demands. They presented the 15 demands to the politicians at a much-noticed press conference at the Federal Press Conference Centre in Berlin together with all the executive boards of the participating institutions. Strict regulation and bans must be used to drastically reduce plastics production and consumption. Disposable and packaging products are to be replaced by reusable systems along the entire supply chain within a binding timeframe and microplastic applications are to be banned. This is the only way to reduce the ecological, health and climate impact of the plastic flood on land, at sea and in the air to the necessary extent. They now hope for a constructive and continuing dialogue with politicians. Detailed information on the campaign and the demands of the Alliance can be found here: https://exit-plastik.de 

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