On November 25 2022 the Franco Parenti Theater of Milan was packed with over 400 high school students who attended the second edition of the One Ocean Summit Young, an event dedicated to young people as part of the One Ocean Foundation educational projects. under the patronage of the Prefecture and by the Municipality of Milan, with the participation of the deputy prefect Natalino Manno and with the deputy mayor Anna Scavuzzo and by the city's educational institutions.
The morning was filled with educational talks meant to talks inform on current issues such as environmental protection and to guide the students towards professional paths in sustainability sectors. Male and female speakers took the stage by animating debates, bringing first hand their inspirational experiences to the young participants, stimulating them to offer their own small contribution, through small daily gestures or participatory science initiatives. Infact, 'citizen science' was the leitmotif of this edition of the One Ocean Summit Young together with the role of women in the protection of the environment and the sea. In fact, the choice of the date, November 25, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, was intended to underline this aspect.
Sandro Carniel, internationally renowed oceanographer and member of One Ocean Foundation’s Scientific Committee, presented the Foundation's educational project One Ocean Young and then launched the second edition of the One Ocean Challenge, a challenge aimed at involving the younger generations and dedicated to this year’s topic – citizen science. HE was joined on stage by Leonardo D'Imporzano, creator of the DonnAmbiente award, sponsored by the European Parliament and the Ministry of Ecological Transition. The award aims to help break down the stereotypes and prejudices that distinguish the "science-woman" relationship, encouraging the participation of women in study, research and dissemination activities in the scientific and environmental fields. This year’s prize has been awarded to Federica Gasbarro, biologist, green influencer, activist and popularizer, who held a particularly emotional and inspirational talk.
The deputy mayor of Milan “Today we talked about awareness, responsibility, study, work together so that everyone can find their own way, their own route. I believe that the role of the institutions is to multiply the occasions and opportunities so that everyone can offer their own contribution”. Among the 'citizen science' initiatives carried out, the M.A.R.E. project was presented which in 2022 saw One Ocean Foundation as a scientific partner alongside the Caprera Sailing Center for research navigation through the Marine Protected Areas and the coasts of the Tyrrhenian Sea. Two young women the scientific coordinator Ginevra Boldrocchi and the actress and presenter Giulia Arena, who captured the public’s attention with the story of her experience on board.
The next appointment is for the third edition of the One Ocean Summit Young and, before that, with the awarding of the One Ocean Challenge, on the occasion of the Milan Ocean Week in June 2023.