Feb 22, 2024
One Ocean Foundation sails around the world on the Amerigo Vespucci with Sail4Change
One Ocean Foundation's commitment to raise awareness on environmental issues continues through an international educational project in collaboration with the Italian Navy and World Sailing

One Ocean Foundation, an Italian non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of the marine environment on an international level, is thrilled to announce the launch of Sail4Change, an educational project developed with the support of the Italian Navy and World Sailing. The initiative - involvingover 5000 young people in 23 countries from around the world - aims toraise awareness among young generation of sailors around the world about thegreatest challenge of our time: climate change and its impact on the ocean.

Sail4Change will kick off on March 13th in Argentina, coinciding with the next leg of the iconic training ship Amerigo Vespucci's world tour. During its journey around the world, One Ocean Foundation will offer an unprecedented opportunity to engage local young sailors in a series of educational activities: a challenge will be launched at each stop, and the winners will have the honor of boarding the historic vessel. Involving young people from different parts of the world provides a broader and diversified perspective on maritime issues, allowing for the exploration of concrete solutions through different viewpoints and innovative approaches.

"This project - in line with our mission and the values of the Foundation of knowledge, awareness, and impact - involves global leaders and players on topics that we consider vital. We are excited that the Italian Navy and World Sailing have believed in our proposal, which combines science and education on a platform of exceptional beauty, such as the Amerigo Vespucci," says Riccardo Bonadeo, president of One Ocean Foundation.

Sail4Change Project

The Sail4Change project is designed to engage young people and raise awareness about the impacts of climate change on marine ecosystems and the ocean. In collaboration with World Sailing (the world governing body for the sport of sailing), young sailors between the ages of eight and twelve will be involved in each stop planned by the Amerigo Vespucci's tour.

Through the development of targeted educational resources, participants will have the opportunity to develop new skills and deepen their knowledge on topics such as ocean acidification, sea level rise, and biodiversity loss. Young people are invited to participate in a challenge by creating materials and other artistic forms, which become tools to raise awareness about the impact of climate change on their territory. Winners - selected by a panel of experts - will have the opportunity to board the historic Amerigo Vespucci during the port visits, thanks to the support of the Italian Navy.

The World Tour

Departing from Genoa in July 2023 for its world tour, the Amerigo Vespucci is currently in Argentina and will set sail again on March 13th, accompanied for the remaining 28 stops by the Sail4Change educational project. After circumnavigating the Americas, Australia, Singapore, India, and many other nations, the training ship will conclude its itinerary in Italy when it docks in La Spezia in the early months of 2025.

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