Oceans Day: UN, together against pollution


Guterres, 'fight against plastic, each one does his part'

"If we do not change course, there may soon be more plastic in the oceans than fish, we have to work individually and collectively to stop this avoidable tragedy and significantly reduce marine pollution." 
The invitation comes from the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, on the eve of the World Day of the oceans that occurs on June 8th and this year he points the finger at the plastic.
"80% of the marine pollution comes from the earth, including 8 million tons of plastic waste that end up in the sea every year", writes Guterres in the message for the Day. "Plastic suffocates waterways, harms communities that depend on fishing and tourism, kills turtles and birds, whales and dolphins, makes its way into the most remote areas of the planet and along the entire food chain". 

The UN secretary then urges everyone to do their part, through "simple actions such as using water bottles and reusable shopping bags, recycling plastic and volunteering to clean the local areas from waste".

The cleaning of beaches and backdrops is the most popular activity in the world, including Italy, to celebrate the Day of the Oceans. Among the Italian events there is the one organized by the Unesco Regional Office for Science and Culture in Europe, based in Venice, which will see the volunteers busy cleaning up the lagoon and canals.
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