Attention all young professional wavemakers! Today is your last chance to apply for the #IMPAC5 Young Professionals Committee. Come together with other young people around the world to help shape the future of global ocean conservation. Applications are due tonight. For more information and details on how to apply [pointing finger emoji]: https://www.impac5.ca/young-professionals/join-the-young-professionals-committee/
A healthy ocean makes life on earth possible, protecting us from the worst impacts of the climate crisis, and providing half of the oxygen we breathe. However, ocean plastic pollution continues to rise, undermining the health of our ocean in the face of the climate crisis. A recent report predicted that the annual flow of single-use plastic into our ocean will triple by 2040 unless urgent action is taken. While this is a global issue, innovation and creative solutions are needed at a city level – starting with London.
Almost eight billion single-use plastic bottles are bought in the UK every year, with Londoners purchasing 175 plastic water bottles on average per person annually. In recent years, London has made progress in promoting a culture of reusing and refilling, but there is still much more work to be done. Ridding London of single-use plastic water bottles would be one of the simplest and most effective things that we could do to boost our ocean’s immune system and safeguard its health for future generations.
The #OneLess campaign, together with 40 organisations working to turn the tide on marine plastic pollution, are calling on mayoral candidates to seize the London elections as an opportunity to make bigger and bolder commitments to eliminate single-use plastic water bottles in the capital.
Organisations, institutions and businesses including Selfridges, Tate, King’s College London, Surfers Against Sewage and Keep Britain Tidy, have signed a joint statement, urging the future Mayor of London to take critical action to tackle the scourge of single-use plastic water bottles across the city and specifically to:
Promote London as a city leading the charge to eliminate unnecessary plastic and build awareness of the impact of single-use plastics on our ocean;
Ensure sufficient and equal access to public refill points in London;
Eradicate single-use plastic water bottles in Greater London Authority buildings and support London businesses to do the same.
Supporting London’s shift to a city where refilling and reusing is the norm and unnecessary single-use plastic water bottles are a thing of the past, would be an important and achievable act of ocean protection that the future Mayor of London could take. The climate and nature emergencies cannot be tackled separately; therefore safeguarding our ocean’s health for generations to come will be imperative in the face of the climate crisis.
Solving London’s single-use plastic water bottle problem would also help protect the city’s beloved blue and green spaces, an integral part of London’s identity, providing millions with clean air, immeasurable physical and mental wellbeing benefits, and cultural value. These spaces also provide a home for nature in the city.
By committing to the ambitious targets the #OneLess campaign and statement supporters have outlined, London’s future Mayor can demonstrate a commitment not only to ocean health and climate action, but also to social justice and the wellbeing of their constituents and future generations.
There is still a chance for organisations who have not yet signed on to the statement to get involved. Join #OneLess in calling on the future Mayor to protect our ocean from plastic pollution by sending your logo to firstname.lastname@example.org for inclusion on the joint statement.
Thanks to all our partners who have supported our campaign so far.
Who we are
The #OneLess campaign has been leading the charge against ocean plastic pollution since 2016, cultivating a fundamental change in the way Londoners drink water – from single-use plastic water bottles, to reusing and refilling. Our vision is to transform London into a place where single-use bottled water is a thing of the past and where plastic waste is drastically reduced for the sake of the ocean. Find out more at https://www.onelessbottle.org/
8 April, 2021
Dear friends of the ocean,
We have exciting news – we are launching our Children’s Ocean Workshops in a virtual format! Last year we successfully ran two physical workshops in Berlin. We now see an opportunity to build on this and try a virtual format.
Perhaps you know of children who would like to participate?
● Ages 8-12
● Workshop will take place on April 18th, 10-11:30 CET
● On Zoom
● Languages will be German and English
What will the workshop be about?
We will look together at the importance of the ocean for humans, discuss plastic pollution and work out possible solutions. We will then create a comic with the children. The comic will show the current state of the ocean (polluted with plastic) and a future vision (healthy, without plastic). After the workshop is finished, we will email the comic (digital file) to everyone.
What is needed: White A4 paper and coloured pencils. A mobile phone or digital camera that can be used to photograph the painted image. In order to compile the digital comic, we will ask you to send us this photo afterwards. The workshop is limited to 12 places, so early booking is recommended. After registration we will confirm your booking. The workshop is free of charge, a donation is requested. If you have any questions, please contact us at email@example.com.
New expedition to study and document critical ocean habitats that support biodiversity, sustainable fishing and climate change mitigation in Uruguay.
Montevideo, Uruguay (March 22, 2021)— This week, National Geographic Pristine Seas, the Organization for Cetacean Conservation (OCC) and the Government of Uruguay departed from La Paloma, in the department of Rocha, on an expedition to conduct scientific research in oceanic areas off the coast of Uruguay that are being considered for protection.
Uruguay’s ocean territory is home to many incredible marine species such as whales, sharks, dolphins, sea turtles, rays, fish, birds and more. The area includes virtually unexplored coral reefs and sea canyons which are an important habitat for hake, anchovies, sharks, shrimp, squid and deep sea lobster.
“We are very happy to finally be in Uruguay to work with local scientists in support of the conservation of the Uruguayan sea. The planet is experiencing a serious environmental crisis and the creation of marine protected areas brings enormous benefits to reduce the loss of biodiversity, mitigate climate change, produce food and provide jobs based on sustainable activities,” said Alex Muñoz, National Geographic Pristine Seas, Director of Policy, Latin America and leader of the expedition.
This will be the first expedition Pristine Seas will embark on since the beginning of the COVID-19 global pandemic. The expedition team will deploy deep sea cameras and pelagic cameras to study the research area, collect video footage and gather research to support the creation of marine reserves in Uruguay’s waters.
Over the past year or so, with the pandemic and with the growing threat from climate change, the world has seen how connected we all are and how important it is to work together to create a better future.
To strongly emphasize our connectedness on this blue planet, The Ocean Project is officially dropping the ‘S’ from World Ocean(s) Day.
With this change we are returning to our roots, when we partnered with others around the world to start coordinating World Ocean Day in 2002. At that time, there was no global coordination, no central website, no customizable resources to help organizations and individuals get involved, and no one promoting World Ocean Day across all sectors as an opportunity to collaborate, to raise the profile of the ocean and its importance to everyone, no matter where we live, to survive and thrive.
To help grow World Ocean Day, and working closely with global partners, from 2003-2008 we petitioned the United Nations to officially recognize 8 June as World Ocean Day. Tens of thousands of people from dozens of countries signed an online petition and many thousands more signed petitions at World Ocean Day events over those years, urging the UN to recognize this special day in June each year.
In December 2008, the UN General Assembly passed a resolution recognizing the day, but they added an ‘S’ resulting in “World Oceans Day.” So, in solidarity with the UN, we added the ‘s’ and since that time, it has been “World Oceans Day.”
What difference does an ‘S’ make?
By dropping the ‘S’ we are again aligning with the ocean literacy movement with scientists, educators, and youth worldwide. It’s always been about one big ocean (and one climate) that connects us all.
Ocean literacy principle #1 is “the Earth has one big ocean with many features. Though humans have named the five oceans—Atlantic, Pacific, Indian, Southern and Arctic—there is really just one connected world ocean.
So, for World Ocean Day 2021, we hope you will get involved! You can start now by spreading the word and thinking about how you can make a difference every day, and also start planning for a special celebration of any size, online or onsite, in June! Click here to read about the 2021 Conservation Action Focus!
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If we have learned anything from the Covid-19 pandemic it is that we are all inextricably connected with each other and the natural world. Without greater balance and cooperation we cannot survive as a species.
Human wellbeing is at the heart of what we do. Our work, to protect the ocean is driven by the reality that humankind needs a healthy planet that can sustain life, for the sake of our homes, health, livelihoods, and food.