💧 From Wednesday 9th to Friday 11th February, around 40 Heads of State, NGOs, scientists and companies met in Brest, France for the One Ocean Summit, an international summit for the protection of our oceans.
🤔 What’s the issue?
❌ This summit was all the more expected in light of the latest WWF report published last week announcing that plastic pollution had now reached all parts of the ocean, and the amount of plastic in the ocean could quadruple by 2050.
❌ Plastic pollution, composed essentially of single-use plastics, disintegrates into micro-particles which affects marine species: 90% of marine birds and 52% of turtles have plastic in their stomach.
🤔 So, what were the outcomes of the summit?
♻️ The majority of participants committed to continue negotiations with the aim to sign a binding international treaty against marine plastic pollution.
♻️ Several banks like the European Investment Bank will donate €4 billion by 2025 to the Clean Oceans Initiative to fight plastic pollution.
♻️ Many countries as well as the city of Paris have joined the “New Plastics Economy Global Commitment”, which has 500 signatories worldwide, including 250 companies.
♻️ France has set itself the goal of treating its abandoned coastal plastic landfills within 10 years.
👉 Want to find out more? Click on the link below: One Ocean Summit