Heinrich-Heine-Gymnasium Hamburg (2018)

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Solutions for sustaining the World’s Oceans (2018)

The ocean covers more than two-thirds of our planet’s surface. It is a vast ecosystem that regulates the global climate, provides humans with natural resources such as food, raw materials, and energy, and is essential for international trade as well as recreational and cultural activities. However, pressures resulting from overfishing, increasing resource extraction, various sources of pollution, and alterations to coastal zones and ecosystems constitute severe threats to ocean health and sustainability. In many cases, activities on land such as farming, construction, tourism, and waste discharge have negative impacts on coastal and marine environments with negative feedbacks on human well-being. Even though the knowledge and awareness of these threats and relationships are increasing, approaches to achieving a more sustainable utilisation of ocean resources and services are still rare. Sufficient governance mechanisms are often lacking or only partly or slowly implemented.

The Team

We say YES to a sustainable ocean!

Y outh
E agerly working for a
S ustainable ocean

Dear YES! Community,

We, from the Heinrich-Heine-Gymnasium Hamburg, are very excited to enter the Y oung E conomic S ummit competition. Our course, consisting of 12 boys and 7 girls, focuses mainly on Economics and Politics, as well as Geography and Religion. Since 2012, our school has annually been awarded the “Klimaschule” certificate. Living in one of the biggest port cities in Europe, only 45 minutes away from the North Sea and Baltic Sea, we feel deeply connected to the ocean. Being directly affected by the condition of the oceans, our primary interest is to stop the pollution. We are very interested in finding creative, innovative ways to approach these difficult and complex problems. Therefore, our motto is: Youth Eagerly working for a Sustainable ocean!


Felicia, Fredi, Fabian, Jolin, Jeremy, Jordis, Lina, Leon N., Leon B., Leo, Luis, Nicolas, Ole, Peet, Sam, Sean, Sophie, Vincent, Vanessa

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