The Ocean Race Summit Europe will harness the determination and ambition of the round-the-world challenge, to address the lack of governance and protection for our seas, the impact of climate change and examine whether the ocean should be given ‘rights’.
The Summit brings together leading experts from the worlds of government, science, industry, NGOs, media and sport. The line up includes the President of the European Commission, Ursula Von Der Leyen and Virginijus Sinkevičius, European Commissioner for Environment, Ocean and Fisheries, who who will speak on how the EU will put the blue in the European Green Deal and how the union could be at the forefront of protecting the ocean and planet; Mumta Ito, lawyer and Founder of the NGO Nature’s Rights, who will reveal why giving the ocean rights could help to ensure its future and Tommy E. Remengesau, former President of the Republic of Palau on leading the way in ocean protection.
Alongside these leading voices will be the unique perspectives of sailors, who have unrivalled experiences of the ocean. Annie Lush from Offshore Team Germany will reveal what life is like on the High Seas and how offshore racers are helping scientists understand climate and weather systems.
The Ocean Race Summit Europe will feature local speakers live from Alicante, Spain, the Race’s home city and a live link to Brussels. The event will be hosted virtually, with a diverse group of speakers and exclusively invited participants from across the world. The summit will feature ideas, solutions and inspiring examples of best practice from some of Europe’s leading voices. These local perspectives will help to drive the development of global policies.
Since the first Summit in the spring of 2015, events have taken place across the world and collectively seen thousands of attendees, both in-person and online, come together to work towards the restoration of ocean health. In earlier years, Summits focused on action around plastic pollution and had significant success at driving commitments from mayors, governors and ministers, who signed their cities, states and countries up to the Clean Seas programme, while companies such as Volvo Cars made public commitments to reducing their use of plastics.
The Summit will be livestreamed on The Ocean Race: Racing with Purpose YouTube channel.