“What are we giving in return? We are giving the oceans a lot of plastic litter.”EU Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries
Oceans are the lifeblood of planet Earth and humankind. They flow over nearly three-quarters of our planet, hold 97% of the planet’s water and produce more than half of the oxygen in the atmosphere, and absorb the most carbon from it.
Those most responsible for the state of the world’s oceans are largely the producers and consumers in the G7 countries – who account for almost 50% of global GDP – and the burgeoning middle classes elsewhere. Just thirteen companies – mainly based in G7 countries or Europe – control up to 40% of the largest and most valuable fish stocks, according to recent research from the Stockholm Resilience Centre.
The huge extent of plastic pollution is putting oceans and marine life under increasing pressure, which could have catastrophic events for life on land if problems continue unchecked.
For these reasons, Canada plans to use its presidency of the G7 this year to push fellow member countries to help stop the oceans from becoming massive rubbish heaps.
The Trump administration, normally averse to endorsing climate-related initiatives, has given the green light to developing the theme in the pre-summit meetings during the first half of 2018.
That’s because the conversations will focus on how to preserve and bolster coastal areas that have been devastated by natural disasters, or face major threats in the future.
In terms of more recent events, Prime Minister Trudeau, at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, hosted a roundtable discussion Wednesday on ocean protection with academics, political representatives and executives from multinationals including Coca-Cola and Unilever. His Environment Minister, Catherine McKenna, said the G7’s Agenda on Ocean Protection could include creating a “plastics charter or a zero waste goal.”
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