Beat Plastic Polution
SEA LIFE Centres join forces in global coalition
SEA LIFE Centres across the world have joined forces with over 100 other aquariums to form a global coalition all pledging to raise public awareness about plastic pollution.
Huge quantities of plastic waste are polluting our seas and coastlines and threatening most marine species. While beach clean ups are important and necessary actions, it is urgent to change our production and consumption habits, as well as our behaviour, in order to avoid plastic entering the environment in the first place.
The European Commission, together with the United Nations Environment Programme and with the support of the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco, the European Union of Aquarium Curators, the World Association of Zoos & Aquariums, the US Aquarium Conservation Partnership and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO, will coordinate the global coalition, aiming at minimum 200 aquariums by 2019.
The call for global cooperation was one of the official commitments announced by EU Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Karmenu Vella on behalf of the European Union at the 5th edition of the "Our Ocean" international conference last week in Bali.
Organisations joining the coalition will be engaged in permanent activities in their facilities and in communication actions via all possible channels. They will be invited to change their procurement policies, for example in canteens and shops, to eliminate all single use plastic items. They will also be encouraged to ally with all potential partners and multipliers, such as sponsors, funders and NGOs, to maximise impact by promoting best practices in behavioural change on a local, regional, national and global scale.
James Burleigh Head of SEA LIFE Conservation, Welfare and Engagement department commented: “Conservation is at the very heart of our SEA LIFE centres and therefore joining this global coalition was not only critical to our business (as conservation and animal experts) but also to the millions of SEA LIFE visitors who have the opportunity to learn about the threat plastic pollution poses on our oceans and marine life when they visit any of our centres. The tide against the plastics problem now has to turn, before it’s too late and this is why this coalition is so critically important.”