CFTO at the Youth4Ocean Forum

Thomas Lesage has been integrated as a member of the Youth4Ocean Forum !

What is the Youth4Ocean Forum ? Launched in July 2020 by 40 founding members, it is a space of co-creation which gathers young ocean advocates and changemakers between 16 and 30 to shape a healthy future for the ocean.

It is also a great opportunity to speak up for the young generation, share ideas, present projects and connect with like-minded young people and experts all over Europe.

Save the date : online workshop, 24-25 September

On the 24-25 September, as part of the EUOcean Coalition for Ocean Literacy, a workshop is organized to introduce the vision of the Forum as defined by the founding members, what the Forum stands for, and what tools are available to members. Participants will also get the chance to work together with interactive tools to design real activities and contribute to the action plan of the Youth4Ocean Forum. 

All young Europeans, experts, EU4Ocean Platform members, and members of the Network of European Blue Schools interested in building partnerships are warmly invited to attend.

Children for the Oceans at the preparatory meeting of the 2020 Ocean United Nations Conference

Children for the Oceans attended the Preparatory Meeting of the 2020 Ocean United Nations Conference and delivered a statement.

Please find here attached the statement from Thomas

Children for the Oceans ‘statement at the 2020 UN Ocean Conference Preparatory Meeting


My name is Thomas Lesage and I am 16 years old. I represent the NGO children for the Oceans, a NGO dedicated to increase the level of awareness of children and civil society on the protection of the ocean.

As mentioned by other NGOs today and some States’ representatives including the representative of Monaco, we now have access to a huge amount of relevant ocean data.

It is now our duty and responsibility to disseminate this knowledge to the whole civil society as there is a crucial lack of awareness on the ocean critical status and the threats it is facing. The whole civil society has to be made aware very quickly of the critical challenges we have to address in the coming years.

For this purpose, Children for the Oceans and many NGOs are ready to contribute to disseminate this crucial knowledge, but we need the full support of the political representatives and states.

Dissemination is one thing, and in addition we all agree that Science and innovations have to be developed but we already have some available solutions and have already identified the key issues.

In this context we need strong political commitments and pragmatic actions to save our ocean. The time for us to act is NOW.



Children for the Oceans at the EU Space Week in Helsinki


Thomas Lesage at the Panel in Helsinki, and within the European Deputy, Christophe Grudler and the  former President of Finland, Mrs Tarja Halonen

Children for the Oceans has had the chance and opportunity to participate to a panel during the EU Space Week in Helsinki. The objective was to deliver the following message: satellite data are key if we want to address ocean threats, correctly manage fish stock, have acurate data on ocean critical status and management marine coastal areas. Such data have to be shared between the scientific community and spread out within the whole civil society if we want the civil society to help addressing the ocean threats.

Children for the Oceans, speaker at the European Parliament to encourage citizen engagement for the protection of the ocean


IMG_E7900We need Citizen Engagement for the protection of the Oceans! We rely on European representatives and authorities to focus their attention on Ocean.

Children for the Oceans gave a speech at the European Parliament on November 19th to promote citizen engagement for the protection of the oceans #CopernicusBlueBook #MOiBlueBook #sustainableocean #oceansustainability #saveouroceans #oceans @europeanparliament @uefrance @europeancommission