My work on Rights of Nature took me back to one of my childhood passions: ocean health, the overall theme of the Volvo Ocean Race Summit 2020 (27th May, 14:00-18:15 CEST). This exciting event took place in the form of an interactive TV show with more than 200+ leaders and change-makers to identify and share solutions to promote the restoration of ocean health.

I was invited to explore one of those solutions: Nature Based Rights. I was interviewed by Humberto Tan on how Nature-Based Rights could be a successful tool in accelerating action for the preservation of the future of our blue planet. I spoke about the importance of recognising Rights of Nature for system change and how we are trying to give the Waddenzee a voice in the Netherlands. In a breakout session, we opened up the discussion with other inspirational Rights of Nature experts on how Rights of Nature could be a tool in accelerating action for our oceans.

As I am very active and passionate about youth participation in this movement I was also asked to co-facilitate a youth/scientist breakout session. We heard from youth on their advocacy for action on climate and ocean health. We were joined by scientists working at the intersection of ocean+climate who shared their knowledge and science based and forward-thinking innovations and policies that can help restore planetary health. We accessed information and tools to draw links between ocean and climate to use when advocating for climate action. This session was co-produced with Dutch Wavemakers, Fridays for the Future and Atlantic Youth Ambassadors.

Watch the full replay of the Summit on YouTube.

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