Our Seas Our Future welcomes New Zealand’s commitment to the United Nations-led CleanSeas campaign.

Leg Zero, Prologue, Turn The Tide on Plastic training before the Prologue in Lisbon, Portugal. Photo by Ainhoa Sanchez/Volvo Ocean Race. 05 October, 2017
OSOF welcomes the recent announcement by Associate Environment Minister Eugenie Sage that New Zealand has signed a pledge and joined the United Nations-led CleanSeas campaign to rid our oceans of plastic.

Media release – March 13, 2018

Our Seas Our Future welcomes New Zealand’s commitment to CleanSeas campaign.

OSOF welcomes the recent announcement by Associate Environment Minister Eugenie Sage that New Zealand has signed a pledge and joined the United Nations-led CleanSeas campaign to rid our oceans of plastic.

UN Environment launched the Clean Seas campaign in February 2017, with the aim of engaging governments, the general public, civil society and the private sector in the fight against marine plastic litter.

“It is great to see New Zealand join this international pledge and take responsibility for finding better solutions to our waste production. It would be great to see the New Zealand public support this move by taking their own personal pledge to reduce their own waste footprint.”says Noel Jhinku, OSOF Trustee.

“The simplest and easiest thing a person can do in their home or at work is to think before you buy something, and avoid plastic as much as possible”

“The move will help reduce the amount of plastic that enters our oceans. Such plastics are harming our marine life. It will be a win for conservation, as well as the protection and benefit of our coastal and marine environments”

References:

  1. http://science.sciencemag.org/content/347/6223/768
  2. https://www.nature.com/articles/srep14340
  3. http://rspb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/284/1860/20171000
  4. https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/farming/aquaculture/94814758/plastic-being-regularly-ingested-by-fish-consumed-in-new-zealand
  5. https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-017-10813-0
  6. http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/news/national/govt-split-on-plastic-bag-ban/
  7. https://www.parliament.nz/resource/en-NZ/51DBSCH_SCR69828_1/d33c4ee9ef6b5595ac16eb941f8404ed15bc48af

Contact: Noel Jhinku, Trustee

Cell: +6421 263 8456

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.osof.org

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