The German Ocean Decade Committee (ODK) aims to publicize the UN Decade of Marine Research for Sustainable Development in Germany, to support its implementation in Germany, and to act as a link between national and international activities.
The committee works on a voluntary basis: Up to 15 members are appointed for a period of three years. The members come from all important stakeholder groups, in particular science, business, non-governmental organizations, administration/politics and foundations. Committed individuals can nominate themselves and are selected by a panel.
New and old members of the ODK. January 2024
2023 was the hottest year since the measurement of earth´s temperature started. Please remember this whenever you take the decision about something which could contribute further to climate change. Because the temperatures, the lack of rain, the accelerating environmental pollution (air, sound, ocean, plastic..) are all caused by human activities. And we all add to it or can be agents of positive change with each gesture.
Let´s work together on making 2024 a better year, a more environmentally friendly year, a more respectful year, a more plant based year, and a happier year.
EVENT TITLE: “WE ARE OCEAN: A global program endorsed as a UN Ocean Decade project_How can interdisciplinary art-science-education programs contribute to ocean protection?”
DATE + TIME: Saturday, 9 December 2023, 3-5 pm (gmt+4)
LOCATION: OceanX Pavilion, Blue Zone, B7, Building 87, First Floor.
DESCRIPTION: Based on ARTPORT_making waves ́ endorsed WE ARE OCEAN Global Program contributing to the Ocean Decade – which focuses on the interdisciplinary approach bringing together art, science and informal education to enhance among young people worldwide the understanding of the ocean and all related challenges as well as possible solutions – we propose an open fishbowl discussion and video screening.
🌊 The question to be discussed: “How can contemporary artists together with scientists, educators, and young people co-create something powerful which leads to behaviour change and addresses solutions for a healthy ocean?”
🌊 The discussion will be opened by one of our artistic videos which we produced so far in the framework of WE ARE OCEAN : WE ARE OCEAN Berlin+Brandenburg by Lisa Rave in co-creation with the students from the participating schools.
🌊 We will address the “Challenge 10: Ensure that the multiple values and services of the ocean for human wellbeing, culture, and sustainable development are widely understood, and identify and overcome barriers to behaviour change required for a step change in humanity’s relationship with the ocean.”
Former Vice-President of the United States, Al Gore, emphasizes a crucial message: “COP28 can be a success, but only if we phase out of burning fossil fuels completely!”
OUR PANELISTS ARE
- Gavin Edwards: Global Coordinator, Nature & People, WWF International
- Elsie Gabriel: Ambassador for India Ocean Quest Global / Founder Young Environmentalists Programme Trust / National Coordinator Oceans Climate Reality Project India / Founder Ocean School India
- Dr. Francesca Santoro: Program Director UNESCO / IOC-UNESCO / Ocean Literacy Program, Venice, Italy
- Prof. Dr. Anabel Ternès: Sustainability + DigitalizaIon | Futurologist | Founder | Keynote Speaker | Executive Director @InsItute for Sustainable Management
- Prof. Dr. Martin Visbeck: Professor for Physical Oceanography, GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel and Kiel University, Germany
- Shamim Wasii Nyanda: Environmental Activist and Social Scientist
- Anne-Marie Melster, Executive Director, ARTPORT _ making waves, moderator”.
As we approach the end of the year, amidst challenging times, we want to take a moment to reflect on our 2023 achievements and our commitment to positive change. But first, exciting news! Our journey with WE ARE OCEAN is reaching a remarkable conclusion in Denmark! 🇩🇰
🌊 COP 28 DUBAI 🌍
Our director, Anne-Marie Melster, is set to participate in COP 28 in Dubai from November 30 to December 12, advocating for change and connecting with ocean scientists, activists, and politicians. As an Observer NGO, we’re excited to push for positive change and build new connections.
🌊 WE ARE OCEAN Mallorca+Mar Balear 🌍
In 2024, our focus turns to the Mediterranean Sea with the ambitious project WE ARE OCEAN Mallorca+Mar Balear in Palma de Mallorca and Barcelona. Stay tuned for details on our multi-year program and partnerships.
🌊 Recap 2023 🌍
Take a look at the highlights of our year, from the World Ocean Summit in Lisbon to the Barcelona A Sea Change Symposium and the launch of our book WE ARE OCEAN Berlin+Brandenburg. Explore our journey through captivating images and inspiring moments.
🌊 Team News 🌍
We’re thrilled to welcome Axelle Vergès, co-founder and director of Positive Lab, as our Strategic Adviser. Plus, meet Lina Vincent, our associate curator based in India, curating our social media accounts to spotlight events in South Asia.
Thank you to our amazing team and supporters for your dedication to ocean conservation and art for societal change. Wishing you a fantastic end to the year, and we can’t wait to share more with you in 2024!
Dive into Ocean Literacy: From childhood ABC to the vastness of the ocean relearning interconnectedness.
If we go back to our early days at school, what did we first learn? The ABC, exactly. Now that we are grown-ups and literates, some of us – even scientists and intellectuals – should be able to know the ABC of many parts of our lives: the ABC of our body, of our health, of work, love, friendships, but most importantly the ABC of our surrounding nature, the forests, the animal habitat, and of course the ABC of the ocean to understand the fragile network and kinship, the interconnectedness.
We just function on autopilot in most of these areas: We eat as best as we can, we work as efficiently as we are able to, we exercise to keep fit, we treat our family and friends in the most respectful way, we recycle, fly as little as possible, we try to produce as little garbage as possible, we plant trees, we only buy used clothes, we repair our things instead of buying new ones – those are the ideal cases. We do all of this because we learn it somewhere, read about it, listen to conferences, and educate ourselves. So far so good.
But then there is something as huge as the world-spanning ocean and we are getting lost. Ok, we know by now that more than 71% of the world is really ocean and we should actually call our planet “Ocean” rather than “Earth”, but we are land-based beings and prefer to focus on what is happening on land because it is much closer to us and better understandable.
📖 Book Launch: Join us on July 18th at CLB Berlin for the grand launch of “WE ARE OCEAN Berlin+Brandenburg.” This book brings together artists, scientists, politicians, and educators to explore the ocean’s importance in the context of climate change. Experience a captivating evening with editor Anne-Marie Melster, author Julia Moritz, and curator Elang Basadi. Plus, special guest Nick Nuttall will perform songs from his latest album, “Just Because Some Bad Wind Blows.” You won’t want to miss it!
🇩🇰 WE ARE OCEAN Goes to Denmark: We’re excited to bring the WE ARE OCEAN project to Denmark! We’ll be hosting a public outreach program at MARSK CAMP, where students from local schools will explore the vast ecosystem of the Wadden Sea with German artist Insa Winkler. This immersive experience, curated by Julia Moritz and Anne-Marie Melster, will deepen their understanding of this unique natural wonder. Our heartfelt gratitude goes to The Lighthouse Foundation and our partner, MARSK CAMP, for making this possible.
🌊 WE ARE OCEAN Mallorca: In the fall of 2023, we’re launching WE ARE OCEAN Mallorca, a long-term program in collaboration with Positive Lab. Together with artist Miguel Sbastida and Sandra Mallol from the Spanish Oceanographic Institute, we’ll develop artistic workshops focused on the significance of healthy coral reefs in the Balearic Islands. This project aims to empower youth, promote eco-feminine leadership, and support underprivileged groups. We’re grateful for the support from our partners, including the Spanish Oceanographic Institute (IEO), the Fundación Ona Futura and the Mallorca Preservation Fund.
Stay tuned for more updates and join us in making waves for a better future! 🌊🌟
In a captivating interview, Anne-Marie Melster, the visionary behind ARTPORT_WE ARE OCEAN, discusses her deep-rooted connection to the ocean and the evolution of this transdisciplinary artistic project. Highlighting its endorsement as one of the first Ocean Decade Actions, Melster delves into the transformative power of art in reshaping humanity’s relationship with the ocean. She shares insights on the project’s global expansion, its impact on diverse communities, and the integration of indigenous knowledge at the 2022 UN Biodiversity Conference.
Melster outlines upcoming projects in developing countries and reflects on the collaboration with Phaidon Press, unveiling the first WE ARE OCEAN Book. Ultimately, she envisions fostering ocean literacy, building sustainable networks, and inspiring artists and society to embrace the importance of interdisciplinary projects for a healthier planet.
In this exclusive interview, Melster unveils the intricacies of this transdisciplinary artistic project, celebrated as one of the pioneering Ocean Decade Actions. From her personal connection with the ocean’s raw beauty to the global impact of WE ARE OCEAN, Melster shares profound insights into the intersection of art, science, and environmental activism.
“Anne-Marie Melster, Leader of ARTPORT_WE ARE OCEAN, Talks Ocean Decade, Indigenous Wisdom, and the Power of Art in Shaping Our Relationship with the Ocean.”
30th September – 1st October
Invited by The Posthumanities Hub (Linköping, Sweden) and the SOLU Bioart Society Finland), Anne-Marie Melster will be a keynote speaker at the symposium and present the vision of the WE ARE OCEAN Global Program including some screenings of the so far produced artistic films by Lisa Rave for WE ARE OCEAN berlin/Brandenburg and Marc Johnson for WE ARE OCEAN Marseille.
Anne-Marie Melster will join an engaged group of experts in the field of art and ecology (list soon to be published) on the remote island of Örnö in the Stockholm Archipelago, Sweden.
June 25 2021
WE ARE OCEAN Vancouver: Cease Wyss’s ocean botany
IOC-UNESCO invited ARTPORT_making waves to propose a session for the Ocean Decade Laboratories
Laboratory 1: “An Inspiring and Engaging Ocean” Satellite Activities and accepted our “WE ARE OCEAN Vancouver: Cease Wyss’s ocean botany” online event.
Cease Wyss’s ocean botany private lesson brings the ocean of British Columbia, Canada, to the curator Anne-Marie Melster, teaching her all about the interconnection of medicinal plants of British Columbia and their impact on ocean health. It will be an introduction to this vast botanical and marine topic and the audience is invited to participate with questions and reports of their experiences. The chosen interactive format is “fishbowl one-on-one” which means that two main characters will lead the discussion and in each chapter one participant from the audience is invited to interact. The format is not only interactive but also participatory and makes the online session more accessible and attractive for the viewer. This event is growing out of “WE ARE OCEAN, Vancouver” which is a commissioned by the Vancouver Biennale. ARTPORT_making waves invited the Canadian artists T’uy’t’tanat Cease Wyss and Olivier Salvas to work with Vancouver school students from October 2020 until summer 2021. The project is an artistic contribution to the Preparatory Phase of the UN Decade Of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030).
Wednesday, 07 July, 6-8 pm CEST, online on https://meet.jit.si/ARTPORT_makingwaves
T’uy’t’tanat Cease Wyss and Olivier Salvas.
March 26 2021