Members of the wider public can join in the efforts aiming to ensure that our region is environmentally, socially and economically attractive and a wealthy place to live.

In particular of a concern to everybody is the fact that lifestyle of modern society is unsustainable and a clear shift towards sustainable living is urgently needed.

The role of science is to provide and promote credible scenarios that can justify measures that each one of us can support starting from simple choices we make in our daily lives.

What can I do?

Increasing number of activities in the local settings are offered, such as presentations and talks, open days or festivals of science, and events in museums, galleries and other cultural venues, exhibitions, teachers' communities and schools, community organisations etc. These provide numerous possibilities to seek advise for instance on matters such as what kind of life style creates the minimum negative impact in the Baltic Sea, and that can then prompt us individually to change every day habits accordingly.

If you are a citizen interested in protecting the Baltic Sea, you can follow also the discussion and science based information from the media, broadcast and social media, on Baltic Sea relevant topics that can be commented on, forwarded to friends etc. and build communities of shared interests.

Also taking part in a public debate or dialogue, advice & knowledge sharing events for members of the public, or being involved in lifelong learning of sustainable ways of living in the local community is becoming more and more common place.

At times public is also invited to get involved in shaping research question, design and delivery as co-researchers of collaborative co-inquiry research. For instance there are many citizens science projects starting that can be of an interest: The Citizens Science project on World Oceans (Sampling) Day for instance invites you to explore the ocean by walking on the beach, going boating or fishing, by diving or stand-up-paddleboarding. Then you can report your observations. Check locally for details what is on offer. Also, around 20 May of every year, European Maritime Day celebration provides opportunities for yourself to organise or visiting local events of interest.

You can also become active in NGOs (e.g. nature conservation associations, WWF, Greenpeace) addressing the Baltic Sea issues and have your voice heard through them, and donate for actions taken to ensure a better future of the Baltic Sea region.

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