Ocean Day

7-8 December 2019

The ​COP25 (25th Conference of the Parties) will be held in Madrid, Spain from December 2nd to the 13th. This COP is also referred to as the blue COP25​, since it will include a focus on ocean sustainability and climate change related topics.

The #VirtualBlueCOP25 is an initiative of Future Earth to create a virtual platform that will focus on ocean and climate-related themes addressed in the upcoming COP25.

On Saturday the 7th of December, the #VirtualBlueCOP25 will hold a unique 24-hour event all around the world. It will give the opportunity to decision makers, scientists, activists, artists, NGOs and many more to share and take their work to the COP25 from their home country. Additionally, the 24-hour event will provide insights and updates on the international climate-ocean negotiations at COP25 with real-time discussion and analyses among a wide group of participants.


How do I watch the webinars ?

They will be live-streamed on our Youtube channel:
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7 December, Madrid Time (UTC+1)


5:30 - 6:30

Anoop Sharad Mahadjan, Roxy Mathew Koll, Medha Deshpande, Vinu Valsala

Indian Ocean and Climate: Drivers and Effects

Replay: https://youtu.be/hxAi62uIETg

Green house gases and air-sea exchange, extremes over the ocean and land, and Tropical Cyclones – the changing status of extreme events


7:00 - 8:00

Laura T. David, Jurgenne H. Primavera,  Keizrul Abdullah, Annadel Cabanban

Building with Nature: Nature-Based Solutions to Restore Coastal Protection

Replay: https://youtu.be/czQLuJhcn3M

The session will highlight the importance of mangrove forests for the protection of the coastal zone to storm surges during extreme events and climate change impacts. Unfortunately, mangrove forests have been cleared for fishponds in Asia, resulting to loss of protection of the coastline and other ecosystem services for coastal communities. The restoration of coastal zones, using Building with Nature (BwN) principles, is promoted to reduce the risks to coastal flooding and storm surges in Asia.


8:30 - 9:30

Anne-Marie Melster, Julia Moritz, Nick Nuttall, Nancy Couling

WE ARE OCEAN: Can the arts mobilize youth for the preservation of the Ocean?

The webinar WE ARE OCEAN on 07 December 2019 has the transdisciplinary project WE ARE OCEAN by ARTPORT_making waves as a point of departure and will illustrate and discuss the role of art, education in combination with science in the implementation of environmental awareness in the broader public. The activity will have two different components: The screening of the artistic video by Lisa Rave (25 min) created as part of her commissioned WE ARE OCEAN workshops in and around Berlin and a panel discussion with Anne-Marie Melster (Director of ARTPORT_making waves, artistic director of WE ARE OCEAN), Julia Moritz (Co-curator of WE ARE OCEAN), Lisa Rave (artist WE ARE OCEAN Berlin), Nancy Couling (Assoc. Professor BAS Bergen School of Architecture).


10:00 - 11:00

Erik Van Sebille, Alice Mah

What We Can Learn from the Media Attention on Plastic Pollution to Help Tell the Story About Oceanic Change

Replay: https://youtu.be/LxkpNUiF1Qk

Marine plastic pollution is receiving a lot of media and public attention. While the litter on our beaches and ocean is clearly an atrocity, its impact on marine life is likely smaller than that of ocean warming, acidification, overfishing and other anthropogenic stressors. But how can we use the public attention on the plastic pollution problem to highlight other environmental crises?


11:30 - 12:30

Emmanuel Brempong, Kolisa Yola Sinyanya, Ngozi Oguguah

Experience and societal value of the work of African scientists in ocean and climate

Replay: https://youtu.be/9ztKYp4e1cY

Across the world, decision-makers and the public are asking science for solutions, to answer questions such as how to prepare for new pressures and the emergence of risks and extreme events. This session explores the experiences and work of scientists researching on climate and ocean systems in Africa, and what these mean for change and  socioeconomic development.


13:00 - 14:00

Lords of the Ocean, Apryl Boyle

Sharks and Marine Mammals Protection

Replay: https://youtu.be/9SHQC7LxB5M

The implications and effects of climate change on sharks and marine mammals, and the importance of these animals for the ocean.


14:30 - 15:30

Maria José Martínez Harms

Why Chile is no longer hosting the COP25

Replay: https://youtu.be/_dCzW3wX54M

Interview with Maria José Martínez Harms in Santiago (Chile), a Post Doctoral researcher, Ecology Department Pontificia in the Universidad Católica de Chile.


16:00 - 17:00

Sophie Hebden, Shane Sutton, Paolo Cipollini

Climate from space: a survey and quick dip into the European Space Agency’s long-term ocean datasets, and how an ESA artist-in-residence responded to these data to draw attention to the climate crisis

Replay: https://youtu.be/ElxEmG8l5uw

In this webinar we will introduce the European Space Agency and its major Earth observation satellite missions, as well as its contributions to climate science. Through ESA’s Climate Change Initiative (CCI), teams of scientists work to generate long-term records of several important climate indicators, including greenhouse gas concentrations, ice sheets and sea-level rise around the globe.

 We will conclude with open conversations around a unique project at ESA that fused climate science and art. Shane Sutton, an artist based in Dublin, Ireland, completed an art residency for ESA working with the ESA Climate Office to create a series of paintings for ESA’s Living Planet Symposium held in Milan, in May 2019.


17:30 - 18:30

Live from COP25 in Madrid

Galvanizing Support for Oceans and Climate Action

This panel will feature interventions from high-level representatives of Parties and Non-State Parties to the UNFCCC on pre-2020 climate action and higher aspirations to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement in the context of oceans and coastal zones


19:00 - 20:00

Live from COP25 in Madrid

 Round Table

Replay: https://youtu.be/82iBp6hF8BY

Moderator: Anna Zivian
Participants: Jorge Jiménez (MarViva, Costa Rica), Uili Lousi (President, Ohai Foundation, The Kingdom of Tonga), David N. Sattler (Professor, Department of Psychology, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA), Cameron Diver (Pacific Community), Sylvie Goyet (Pacific Community) and Kalina Browne (Ocean Conservancy, Santa Cruz)


20:30 - 21:30

Ana Lucía Maya-Aguirre, Lisa Benjamin, Vivienne Solis, Ximena Ramos, Heidi Weiskel

Climate Change, Ocean Governance and Marine Justice challenges for Latin American and Caribbean Countries

Replay: https://youtu.be/M2YSlvoI8No

This webinar brings together an amazing group of women speaking from different disciplines about the current challenges for Latin America and the Caribbean countries facing climate change. They are biologists, lawyers and marine scientists who will discuss the biological impacts of climate change for marine species and for human communities. They will examine the political economy of coastal development as well as the challenges for governments in responding to the Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate issued by the IPCC in October 2019. They will also present local experiences of protecting marine and coastal ecosystems, and working with local coastal communities to ensure traditional knowledge is taken into account in marine and coastal governance.


22:00 - 23:00

Dwight Owens, Maia Hoeberechts

Northern Communities on the Front Lines of Ocean Change:

Replay: https://youtu.be/cftU-f427v8

Earth’s polar regions are changing more rapidly than any other place on the planet. These changes are already having dramatic effects on people living in northern communities. How can scientists and communities work together to understand these changes and prepare for the future?


23:30 - 00:30

Yassir Eddebbar

Observing Climate Change from Global to Local Scales: Informing Mitigation, Impacts, and Adaptation

Replay: https://youtu.be/EcddhT6vgZI

The role of observations in informing impacts and adaptation, especially the atmospheric CO2 observations, Argo program, and ocean time series.

8 December, Madrid Time (UTC+1)


1:00 - 2:00

Dwight Owens, Richard Dewey 

Marine Heat Waves in the NorthEast Pacific

Replay: https://youtu.be/0B9Fbr0grHs

In 2014, upper ocean temperatures in the northeast Pacific exceeded climatological norms by more than four standard deviations. In a vast area of open ocean, the surface waters remained 2 to 3 degrees warmer than normal for nearly a year. Linked to and feeding back on atmospheric conditions, the warm anomaly was locally referred to as “the Blob.” Marine ecosystems suffered both immediate and long lasting impacts. What caused the associated largescale patterns? Have we seen them before, will we see them again? How are they linked to climate change? These are questions to be addressed during the presentation.


2:30 - 3:30

Lance Kittel, Vicki Nichols Goldstein, Joanie Kleypas, Wallace J Nichols

Ocean As a Solution to Climate Change: How We Do it from the Inland

Replay: https://youtu.be/enBHpUeutE8

As countries grow increasingly aware of the anthropogenic effect on our ocean’s health, communities are taking approaches to conserve, preserve and restore our marine ecosystems. Ocean conservation techniques have begun to spread to inland communities, shifting the focus from coastal areas to a worldwide bandwidth. We will explore what inland communities are doing to protect the ocean from the inland.

You want to become a partner by creating and designing content before or during the COP25? Get in contact with us at virtualbluecop25@futureearth.org