Climate change is one of the most pressing challenges of our time and the active involvement of the population, in particular young people, is crucial to address this global challenge. Educating and involving young people in environmental issues means preparing the next generations to be more aware and responsible citizens and drivers of the future, with new ideas, energy and perspectives.

Citizen science, therefore, represents a fundamental tool to first monitor and then mitigate the effects of climate change. In fact, it is one of the main objectives of the I-CHANGE project. To maximise the impact of citizen science initiatives, it is essential to implement effective communication strategies that can be tailored to the target audience.

Across the Sea 2024” (Genova 2024 (acrossthesea.it)) is a major initiative to bring together young decision-makers from across the Mediterranean to discuss and act on crucial environmental issues, with a particular focus this year on water as a precious resource to be protected. It provides a unique platform for dialogue, cooperation and concrete action by Mediterranean communities, and highlights the importance of involving the younger generation in the fight against climate change and marine pollution. Young people have the opportunity to put their decision-making skills into practice and improve their skills in the field of international diplomacy.

This initiative saw activities begin in early 2024 and ended between 3 and 6 June in Genoa with the drafting of a common Manifesto, a testament to international cooperation and friendship to continue working together towards a more sustainable future, and to consolidate the actions taken throughout the journey. This document is a guide for future initiatives and collaborations between young people in the Mediterranean.

During the final event in Genoa, delegations participated in discussion sessions on the projects developed, conferences, including a scientific table where I-CHANGE was the protagonist.

As CIMA Research Foundation we participated in the closing event by being part of a scientific table and bringing our knowledge on snow and the availability of water resources, on the consequences of climate change on the marine environment and on the usefulness of citizen science activities in scope of the I-CHANGE project and how to lead the population towards behavioral change to mitigate the effects of climate change. It also represented the conclusion of the Water and Us and COP Youth pathway, created by CIMA Research Foundation. The former in particular was supported by the Rotary Club of Albenga, Rotary of Alassio, Imperia, Savona, Sanremo, Sanremo Hanbury and the Rotaract of Alassio.

These strategies, also used within I-CHANGE, not only help collect valuable data on climate change, but also educate and inspire a new generation of citizen scientists ready to actively contribute to the protection of our planet.