Aquariums all over the world will organise permanent activities in their facilities and will be invited to change their procurement policies, for example in canteens and shops, to eliminate all single use plastic items.
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.
To accelerate the shift towards a circular economy, and raise awareness about the danger of relying on plastic for everyday needs, the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO is joining forces with the European Commission, the United Nations Environment Programme and other international partners to launch a coalition of aquariums to fight plastic pollution.
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