Children for the Oceans

Children for the Oceans is a Non-Profit Organization created in 2018 by 15 years old Thomas Lesage with the aim to protect the oceans and raise the level of awareness of children.


Children for the Oceans

Children for the Oceans

We are a worldwide community of more than 1000 children and 15 CFTO ambassadors located in 4 continents.

Meet our ambassadors

Children for the Oceans

Children for the Oceans

We participate and represent the youth at international events to make the voice of children heard for the protection of our Ocean.


Children for the Oceans

Children for the Oceans

We have set up key partnerships with Mercator Ocean International and the Blue World Institute and has now the support of Romain Pilliard, our godfather, a skipper who is dedicated to the promotion of the circular economy.

Meet our partners

Children for the Oceans

CFTO and its partnerships

CFTO sets up partnerships with scientific partners to collect scientific data and to be able to disseminate such scientific data afterwards to the children.

Mercator Ocean provides us with precious scientific information, pictures and videos on the ocean and its threats.
Our other partners such as the Blue World Institute also provide us with data on marine mammals.

Scientific and Founding Partner and Sponsor


Mercator Ocean International (MOi) is a non-profit organisation based in Toulouse, France with ten shareholders in five countries. It is a major player in the field of operational oceanography 1 and an international reference for ocean information.

Known for its leading role in ocean reanalysis, monitoring and forecasting at European and global levels, MOi is committed to building a science-based Digital Ocean for supporting the conservation and the sustainable use of the ocean and its resources. It works to galvanise cooperation and dialogue between scientists, policymakers, public and institutional decisionmakers, as well as civil society towards the development and integration of ocean prediction and observation activities worldwide.

MOi provides science-based data, information and services supporting international ocean governance and engages in Blue Diplomacy through a variety of missions including the following.
Selected by the European Commission, MOi implements the Copernicus Marine Service and is one of three implementers of the Copernicus WEkEO DIAS platform. Entrusted by the EC, MOi works to bring an enhanced and fit-for-purpose global ocean observing system by implementing the European coordination of GEO's Blue Planet Initiative and G7 Future of the Seas and Oceans Initiative under the framework of EU4OceanObs.

MOi has been playing a leading role in GOOS through its support to the GOOS Expert Team on Operational Ocean Forecasting Systems (ETOOFS) chaired by Pierre Bahurel, the Director General of MOI and is strongly engaged in OceanPredict, the international network and science programme dedicated to operational oceanography.

The UN Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC-UNESCO) selected MOi to lead the OceanPrediction Decade Collaborative Centre in the context of the Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development.

At the One Ocean Summit in Brest on February 10 th, 2022, six countries (Italy, Norway, Portugal, Spain, UK, and France) signed the “Declaration of Brest” and committed to transform Mercator Ocean International into a Europe-centred Intergovernmental Organisation and to invite European coastal countries to join.

This new organisation will considerably strengthen MOi’s capacity for developing the European Digital Twin of the Ocean, a pillar of the EU’s unparalleled commitment to ocean leadership exemplified by the "Mission Ocean” also known as the EU Mission:
Restore our Ocean and Waters.

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Scientific Partner


The Blue World Institute of Marine Research and Conservation (BWI) works to protect the marine environment in the Adriatic Sea. To that purpose, the Blue World Institute operates three programmes – research, education, and conservation.

Our research focuses mainly on large marine vertebrates (dolphins and whales, sea turtles, sharks and giant devil rays) informing our education activities and conservation projects.

We work from the Adriatic islands of Lošinj, Murter and Vis, with the local communities, and collaborate nationally, regionally and internationally to advance sustainable marine management and environmental sustainability in the Mediterranean Basin.

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Our godfather


Romain Pilliard Use it again

47 years old, entrepreneur / navigator, married and partnered with Aurélie Pilliard, father of 3, Titouan, Colas and Jodie.

Born in Paris, Romain discovered sailing with his family in Brittany, and regatta during his studies. He will then participate as a teammate in the Tour de France à la Voile in particular with the selection crew for the America's Cup.

After a first professional experience, Romain embarked on ocean racing and took part in the French solitaire championship with the Solitaire du Figaro in 2000 and 2001. He will then navigate as a team member on IMOCAs, notably with Ellen MacArthur, as well as on multihulls ORMA 60, MOD 70.

Romain Pilliard :

“I have spent time at sea, I have travelled a lot, especially in China, and we can only be shocked by what we see, pollution, plastic, irrespirable air, unsafe water, climate change… We realize that we have gone too far!

We must quickly find alternative solutions to our economy, to our consumption patterns. Many initiatives are underway, but change must concern everyone, and all areas. In ocean racing, and high performance sport in general, we still have a long way to go, but nothing is impossible."

Romain promotes the circular economy and tries to apply this economic model to its project Useitagain. This involves waste management, the reuse or transformation of furniture and signage from one edition to another, awareness and empowerment of participants, commitment to a foundation for the protection of the environment.

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