Sustainable Ocean Alliance is accelerating ocean solutions around the world. Here are their stories.
Young people are the future—and at SOA, we really mean it.
There are countless reasons why young people should be involved in conversations, decision-making processes, and actionable solutions to the climate crisis. This is the planet they are inheriting, after all.
Why involve youth?
Including new perspectives, advancing intergenerational and intersectional equity, expanding capacity building, prioritizing societal transformation, ensuring long-term commitments... just to name afewofthe benefitsof youth empowerment and involvement.
OnInternational Youth Day(and every day), SOA is championing the 7,000+ Young Ocean Leaders in our global community.
From mangrove and seagrass restoration in Tanzania to deep-sea mining policy in Jamaica, these incredible youth leaders are guiding their communities to a better, more equal, sustainable future for all.
This summer, Nico was one of 11 participants in the Arctic Voyage forPeace Boat US Youth for the SDGs Programto enrich their understanding of marine science and climate action on a global scale through capacity building, citizen science programs, network-building, and educational experiences.
Divemaster, marine biologist, and President ofSOA Brasil, Nayana uses her voice to enact change and advocate for Amazonian youth in the ocean-climate movement. As the CEO and Founder of Tsu Ambiental, Nayana works with marine waste management, environmental education, and research.
DuringDiálogos Amazônicosin Brasil, SOA Brasil and Nayana coordinated activities and actions alongside other SOA Amazonian Hubs to meet with and amplify Amazonian youth taking action to defend their territories and raise awareness about the ocean, climate change, and the transversal themes in the Amazon like oil exploitation, river pollution, and social-environmental impacts.
Martina is a travel and sustainable journalist,underwater photographer, and ocean advocate who is passionate about creating awareness about the ocean and its marine life through storytelling.
Recently, Martina joined SOA Argentina to raise awareness and advocate for Argentina to say no to deep-sea mining. Alongside fellow SOA Youth Leaders, Martina helped present22,000+ signaturesto Argentina state delegates at the International Seabed Authority.
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Sustainable Ocean Alliance is honored to represent and support these incredible Young Ocean Leaders and the rest of the young leaders and innovators in this powerful, inspiring ocean community. Thank you for being the voice of this generation enacting change within the ocean-climate movement.
We advocate for ocean protection and a moratorium on deep-sea mining. We build scalable, ocean solutions—from startups to grassroots organizations. We restore and protect critical marine ecosystems in our communities. We fundraise for support and create new projects every day. We attend international conferences to amplify youth representation—and we also create our own. We act across sectors and workalongsideeach other rather thanin competitionwith one another. Together.
Every day, we are accelerating change for a sustainable, equitable, liveable future for all.
Interested in joining the Alliance as a Young Ocean Leader?