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How can the action of youth contribute to the 30x30 call to action? The 30x30 movement aims to safeguard at least 30% of the world’s ocean by the year 2030. The goal will be achieved through a network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) where destructive and/or extractive activities would be banned. It’s an ambitious goal, which means we need even more significant collaboration to make it a reality.

Join the discussion and fellow young ocean advocates to co-create a plan for global 30x30 action and implementation.

Facilitator: Eimear Manning is Ireland’s All-Atlantic Ocean Youth Ambassador, and holds a Masters degree in Marine Sustainability. She also tags coastal sharks in Miami, Florida.

Confirmed participants:

Laura Hampton is a member of the Earth Echo Youth Leadership Council. She is a keen sailor from Northern Ireland and is currently studying International Relations with Sustainable Development at the University of St. Andrews.

D’amy Steward is a marine ecologist recently graduated from Duke University with a degree in Biology and Environmental Science. She is an avid sailor, raced lasers nationally and internationally, and is an EarthEcho Youth Leadership Council alum.

Lela DeVine is a high school senior and Lab Member of the Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy at the University of Hawaii at Hilo. Diving since the age of 11, she has research focuses on marine pharmacology, and serves as an EarthEcho Youth Leadership Council Member.

JP Walsh is Professor of Oceanography & Director, Coastal Resources Center, Graduate School of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island

Zoe Pagliaro, Sustainability Coordinator, Clean Ocean Access




What can be done to have a more inclusive worldview within our environmental movements?

Intersectional Environmentalism advocates for justice for people and the planet. Diverse methods and ideologies need to be applied when we create strategies for climate action and restoration of ocean health. To achieve lasting and legitimate change for good we need to take an intersectional approach.

Explore how applying intersectional environmentalism into your strategies to accelerate restoration of ocean and planetary health can in turn create a more just world for all.


Facilitator: Justin Worland, is a Washington D.C.-based correspondent for TIME covering energy and the environment.

Confirmed participants:

Anushka Bhaskar is the founder of Avritah and a member of the Intersectional Environmentalist Council. She is passionate about protecting the two homes we all have: our body and the planet and founded the Harvard Environmental Action and Leadership Summit in 2019.

"Wanjiku "Wawa" Gatheru is a 21-year-old environmental justice advocate passionate about creating a more inclusive environmental movement. The founder of BlackGirlEnvironmentalist, she has bylines in VICE News and Glamour Magazine. As the first person in history to receive the Rhodes, Truman and Udall Scholarships, Wawa is currently a graduate student at the University of Oxford. 

Isais Hernandez is the creator of Queer Brown Vegan where he makes accessible environmental education content. As a Queer, Brown, and Vegan environmentalist, he seeks to provide a safe space for other like-minded environmentalists to engage in the discourse of the current climate crisis.

Sunshine Menezes Clinical Associate Professor of Environmental Communication. Executive Director, Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting, University of Rhode Island

Kaitlyn Reed Zero Waste Coordinator, Clean Ocean Access



Blue Tech is a fast evolving space providing solutions to many ocean health and research issues, but it is not without its challenges. 

Shifting from ideation through to innovation, how is it possible to nurture blue tech innovation and make these projects scalable and accessible? How do we break down barriers in order to provide better blue tech solutions for the ocean?

Join the blue tech community to explore the solutions to accelerate innovation and action for ocean health.

Facilitator: Donna K Hazard is a board member at bluetech innovation hub SeaAhead who has spent her career in entrepreneurial corporate and non-profit leadership and board roles.

Confirmed Participants:

Stefan Marx, CEO + Founder SubCtech

Jon Pollak, CEO & Co-Founder The Oyster Common 

Blaine S. Grimes, Chief Ventures Officer Gulf of Maine Research Institute

John W. Mandelman, Ph.D, Vice President & Chief Scientist Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life, New England Aquarium

Dr. Paula Bontempi, Dean of the University of Rhode Island's Graduate School of Oceanography

Dr. Mark Baumgartner, Senior Scientist, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Anna Michel, Associate Scientist, Applied Ocean Physics & Engineering, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Jen McCann, Director of US Coastal Programs, Graduate School of Oceanography URI

Brennan Philips, Assistant Professor, University of Rhode Island, Dept. of Ocean Engineering

Evan Ridley, Director of Environmental Programs, Rhode Island Marine Trades Association

Max Kraimer, Project Coordinator, Clean Ocean Access



To restore ocean health, we need to understand and act on the science we have, but how do we motivate the masses? 

Communicating the science adequately is an essential first step towards mass engagement. With the countdown on to the Decade of Ocean Science, how can we make these communications meaningful for a wide and diverse audience? How do we make the invisible visible and relaunch ocean science in a more inclusive way to enable more positive action for people and the planet.

Take a deep dive with science communicators, researchers and marketing experts on examining efficient ways to engage more people in ocean health topics.

Co-Facilitators: Dr. Carlie Wiener, Director of Communications and Engagement Strategy for Schmidt Ocean Institute and Richard Vevers, Founder and CEO of The Ocean Agency

Confirmed participants:

Vinicius Lindoso, Head of Communications, IOC Decade of Ocean Science

Dr. John Whaley, a Senior Research Director at Goodwin Simon Strategic Research

Afonso Goncalves, Graduate School of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island

Eva Touhey, Program Manager, Clean Ocean Access



The Ocean Racers travel through some of the most ungoverned waters on the planet - the High Seas.

These marine areas beyond national jurisdiction cover nearly half of the Earth’s surface and host a significant portion of its biodiversity. Once the high seas were beyond the reach of human activities but now technological advances and a growing demand for resources are driving increased exploitation.

How can we ensure the upcoming Treaty to protect biodiversity on the High Seas is inclusive of the Ocean’s voice and uses an integrated approach centered around ocean health. What is needed to recognize the High Seas as a legal entity? 

Join environmental lawyers, ocean rights activists and sailors to discuss a way forward to give the High Seas a voice and the protection it rightly deserves.

Facilitator: Michelle Bender, Ocean Rights Manager, Earth Law Centre

Confirmed participants:

Kristina Gjerde, Senior High Seas Advisor, IUCN Global Marine and Polar Programme - International Governance

Hugo Echeverria, Ecuadorian lawyer- National Ocean Rights- Blue Perspective

David de Rothschild, Founder of Plastiki, The Lost Explorer and Head of Sculpt the Future

Dee Caffari MBE, Offshore Sailor World Sailing Trust Ambassador

Catherine Chabaud, European Member of Parliament and Ocean Advocate



As the global population grows and average lifespan increases, so too does the demand for seafood. However, the capacity of our ocean to feed a growing population is limited. While there has been incremental progress to improve the sustainability of wild-capture fisheries and aquaculture production, pressure on the species and habitats that support the global seafood supply continues to threaten the health, productivity and resilience of our ocean. 

A growing appetite for more environmentally and socially responsible seafood has catalyzed advances in bioengineering and food innovation and inspired the creation of cell-based seafood. But what exactly is cell-based seafood and what promises does it offer? 

Explore how the future of seafood is changing and hear from experts about the role that cell-based seafood may play in improving ocean health.

Facilitator: Meghan Jeans, Principal, Foghorn Strategies. Meghan has spent over twenty years working across disciplines and geographies to strengthen conservation and inspire greater ocean stewardship. 

Confirmed Participants:

Jen Lamy, Sustainable Seafood Initiative Manager, The Good Food Institute. Jen leads The Good Food Institute's cross-programmatic Sustainable Seafood Initiative.

Greg Murphy, Director, Corporate Development & Strategic Partnerships. Blue Nalu. BlueNalu (San Diego, CA) is a global leader in cellular aquaculture, in which the company will produce a variety of cell-based seafood products directly from fish cells of a wide array of marine species.

Arlin Wasserman, Founder and Managing Director, Changing Tastes. Arlin has helped identify and catalyze some of the most significant shifts in the way business and consumers think about food.



The Polar regions of our planet have a tremendous impact on how we experience life, from the climate we live in to the food on our plate. These harsh environments may seem very far away but we are all connected by the ocean and reminded of the impact through events happening in our own lives.

We dive deeper into our interdependence with these icy regions and the ocean and discuss ways in which we can help protect these fragile environments in order for them to continue to protect us.

Co- Facilitators: Stina Bagge, Arctic Youth Network and Kit Van Wagner, Polar Expedition Leader

Confirmed Participants:

Magnus Johannesson, Icelandic Chairmanship of the Arctic Council 

Ruth Kaviok, Inuit Youth Advocate

Geoff Green, Founder of Students on Ice

Brice Loose, Associate Professor of Oceanography; Marine and Atmospheric Chemistry and Physical Oceanography, URI

Damian Foxall, Offshore Sailor, 11th Hour Racing Team Sustainability Manager and Antarctic Expedition Leader

Dave Mclaughlin, Executive Director Clean Ocean Access

Allison Cusick, Scripps Institution of Oceanography Graduate Student

Amanda Lynnes, Director of Environment and Science Coordination, International Association of Antarctic Tourism Operators

Candice Pedersen, SIKU Development Team



Collectively we have an urgent mission to help accelerate the restoration of ocean health. To facilitate this efficiently sustainable finance is needed. We are all stakeholders in a healthy ocean. Who will invest to achieve this mission and how do we implement action? Investment in sustainable finance is growing; even through this crisis period impact investment is helping projects worldwide work towards a healthier planet. 

In this session find out what roles different interested parties play in ocean impact investment. Some of the  sustainable finance solutions that are currently in place to help accelerate our mission will be shared. We will investigate gaps and opportunities within the sector and what impact investors need to be aware of to motivate support of ocean projects. Gain insights to actions and pathways that will motivate sustainable finance investment in ocean restoration projects.

Facilitator: Anne Cecile Turner, Sustainability Director, The Ocean Race

Confirmed participants:

Andrew Lee, Global Head of Sustainable and Impact Investing for UBS Global Wealth Management

Michelle Carnevale, Grant Program Director, 11th Hour Racing 

April Crow, Vice president, External Affairs and Investors Relations, Circulate Capital