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Deep Dive: The Talk for World Oceans Day

World Oceans Day provided an opportunity to reaffirm the importance of acting now to protect one of our most precious assets: the marine and coastal ecosystem. The Coalitions of the European Foundations, consisting of Fondation de la Mer (France), the John Nurminen Foundation (Finland), and the MEDSEA Foundation (Italy), organized an online talk titled: Deep Dive, World Oceans Day: Challenges and Solutions for Marine Conservation with experts, researchers, and other key figures in marine conservation. 

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Moderated by journalist Katri Makkonen and organized by the John Nurminen Foundation, the event featured Fabien Cousteau, aquanaut and oceanographic explorer, founder of the Fabien Cousteau Ocean Learning Center and the PROTEUS™ project. Cousteau shared his in-depth knowledge of ocean advocacy, also showcasing some of his extraordinary underwater footage. For Cousteau, "ocean protection is achieved through education and public awareness." 

Moreover, research can provide tangible evidence of ongoing changes. Dr. Lucy Woodall, Associate Professor of Marine Conservation Biology and Policy at the University of Exeter, clarified the link between climate change and the oceans during the webinar. "Climate change is radically transforming marine ecosystems," explains Woodall, "affecting both biodiversity and ecological processes. Understanding these dynamics is crucial to developing effective conservation strategies. Education and awareness are key tools to engage communities and promote concrete actions for the oceans." 

Arya Yurdacan, ocean conservation entrepreneur and member of the World Ocean Day Youth Advisory Council, and listed among the “20 Under 20” most inspiring entrepreneurs of 2020 by Wise, shared her experiences in inspiring advocacy for ocean sustainability, highlighting how young people can be catalysts for positive change through concrete and engaging initiatives. 

Powerful images from Greg Lecoeur, renowned wildlife and ocean photographer, showcased his impactful underwater photography and discussed how marine environmental changes manifest visually, helping to raise public awareness about the need to protect the oceans. 

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