The Ocean Race Summit Stockholm to push for protection of Antarctica and the Southern Ocean

The Ocean Race Summit Stockholm to Push for Protection of Antarctica and the Southern Ocean

Confirmed speakers include Chair of Stockholm Environment Institute and Former Deputy Prime Minister for Sweden, Isabella Lövin, CCAMLR Chair Jakob Granit, plus explorer Sebastian Copeland and four-time Whitbread Round the World Race/Volvo Ocean Race sailor Gunnar Krantz

The Ocean Race Summit Stockholm – Racing to protect the Southern Ocean, on Wednesday 1st June, will shine a spotlight on the critical role that the Southern Ocean plays in the health of the planet. Drawing on The Ocean Race’s strong connection to the region, which has been one of the most exhilarating parts of the round-the-world sailing Race for nearly 50 years, the Summit will bring together an expert line-up of speakers to help accelerate action to protect this incredible habitat.

Held in collaboration with the Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition (ASOC) and 11th Hour Racing, a premier partner of The Ocean Race and founding partner of the Race’s sustainability programme, the Summit will be hosted by television presenter and science communicator Danni Washington. The event will feature ideas, solutions and inspiring examples of best practice from leading voices within government, science, industry, NGOs, sailing and more, including:

  • Isabella Lövin, Chair of Stockholm Environment Institute, Former Deputy Prime Minister, and former Minister for the Environment, Sweden
  • Jakob Granit, Director General for the Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management, SwAM, and Chair of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources, CCAMLR
  • Lisa Blair, multi world-record holding sailor, adventurer and author
  • Sebastian Copeland, Polar explorer, climate advocate, photographer & author and Ulysse Nardin Ambassador
  • Andrea Kavanagh, Director of the Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy Project Southern Ocean Campaign
  • Gunnar Krantz, four-time sailor in the Whitbread Round the World Race/Volvo Ocean Race who starred as a skipper in Swedish Television programme ‘Over Atlanten’

An associated event of the Stockholm+50 conference, which is convened by the United Nations and hosted by Sweden with support from the Government of Kenya, The Ocean Race Summit Stockholm will be held on the eve of this crucial high-level international environmental meeting, in order to help put Antarctica and the Southern Ocean at the heart of discussions. Sweden has an important role in safeguarding the region as it is the Chair of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR).

The Ocean Race Summit Stockholm to push for protection of Antarctica and the Southern Ocean
A Gentoo Penguin in Antarctica. © Team South

The Summit will highlight the urgent need to push through the proposed large-scale marine protected areas in the Southern Ocean, in what would be one of the most significant acts of ocean protection in history.

Richard Brisius, Race Chairman of The Ocean Race said: “The Southern Ocean is one of the most extreme parts of the planet, earning the respect of sailors and providing a source of fascination for generations. These are not only the ultimate sailing waters, they also help keep our planet healthy, but they are under immense pressure from human activity. Our Summit will explore why action is critical and how Sweden has a unique opportunity to drive it. The country can be a leader on the world stage by gathering support and pushing for protection at one of this year’s most crucial conferences about the environment, Stockholm+50.”

In addition to taking a deep dive into the Southern Ocean, the Summit will examine ocean rights and how they could help to support not just this vital part of our blue planet, but all life on Earth. The event is part of a series of 12 Summits, which explores the idea of recognising the inherent rights of the ocean in order to create a universal approach to protecting the seas. The series also supports several of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in particular SDG14, life below water.


Header image credit: Racing through the Southern Ocean. © Hamish Hooper/CAMPER ETNZ/Volvo AB