Two Young people, representing the World Ocean Network and whom had prepared messages and documents for the United Nation Conference, are participating in the Rio+20 conference. They assisted and organized a various activities.
Clément Bacq & Vivek Brutus’s impressions :
“Taking part in the Rio+20 conference was a great experience. When I left France, my objective was to make things change, to plead for the Oceans. But I soon had to face the reality of the formal side of the official conferences and side events, where in the end there was no place for participants to make their voices heard.
This being said, we did our best and we made a speech during the Oceans Day @Rio+20, in front of the main stakeholders of the oceans.
Our actions mainly took place at the People’s Summit, a place definitely more informal, where we distributed passports of the Citizen Of the Ocean, organized debates or a “Carrier of Words” action.
We met the people present at the events in order to explain them our cause and moreover, to give the possibility to the young to be heard concerning the ocean. I realized that all initiatives start from the base, from the civil society. And there was a strong will to change things, to act for our future.
Finally, thanks to these events, I have the impression that I have fulfilled my mission and now I feel more involved and I want to spread this Voice of the youth for the ocean.
I am really optimistic for the future, and I will continue my actions in order to raise public awareness about the economic and social potential of the oceans and the youth.”
“We observed at Rio+20 a strong will to change the way the world works. I think that although the conference seems to have failed at the political level, it enabled all the actors of the sustainable development to realize that they are not alone, that there are people sharing the same ideas in other countries. I hope this conference will enable the setting of new projects and exchanges between different NGO or people, in order to try to change the world.”