Catching up with ocean changemakers for International Youth Day

International Youth Day is observed each year on August 12th. This month Economist Impact’s World Ocean Initiative celebrates past winners of our Ocean Changemakers Challenge. These young talents are all working on solutions for a sustainable blue economy.

Olga Lucia Caro Jácome discusses the challenges—and surprising opportunities—of launching a regenerative tourism startup during a pandemic. Cooper Van Vranken presents his solution for improving ocean data collection to fill a very wide gap in reliable data. Finally, Casimir Morobé explores the intersections of artificial intelligence and sustainable shipping.

Submissions to this year’s Ocean Changemaker Challenge close on Wednesday August 24th.

Recent coverage on the World Ocean Initiative:

Changemakers: Olga Lucía Caro Jácome, chief executive and co-founder, CoRoReef
How did the pandemic affect a startup based around regenerative tourism and coral reef restoration?
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Changemakers: Cooper Van Vranken, founder, Ocean Data Network and Berring Data Collective
How can fishing vessels help close the ocean data gap?
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Changemakers: Casimir Morobé, founder, Toqua
How do you leverage artificial intelligence (AI) for carbon-neutral shipping?
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From the Initiative’s partners:

Back to Blue – Video: The Invisible Wave
An Economist Impact film highlights how chemicals, vital to modern life, are exerting a negative impact on our oceans and ourselves.
Watch here

Upcoming events:

World Ocean Tech and Innovation Summit
October 4th-5th, Halifax, Canada
Powering the next phase in blue growth
Apply to attend

World Ocean Summit Asia-Pacific
November 29th-30th, Singapore
Harnessing the changing tides

Future of Energy Week
September 19th-21st, Singapore
Accelerating Asia’s energy transition

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