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ocean governance

Our ocean is under threat from the effects of climate change, over-fishing, pollution and loss of biodiversity. Our future depends on a clean and healthy ocean, where protection and sustainable use go hand in hand. Safeguarding the ocean for future generations is a shared responsibility and a matter of global urgency. The EU is at the forefront of climate action. As the 2019 worldwide #EUBeachCleanUp campaign nears the end, the EU welcomes this year’s #OurOcean conference in Oslo where it announces its commitments to protect the ocean.

A blue sky above the Belgian coast, blue EU and UN flags flying, and none other than the blue Smurfs in their homeland, a perfect setting for a gathering of around 2000 students on a mission to save the blue planet. This was just one of the first actions taking place in the margins of the #EUBeachCleanUp – a global campaign for climate, happening on or around 21 September, World Coastal Cleanup Day. This day also marks the International Day of Peace, and also happens to be the day when in New York the UN Youth Climate Summit brings together young activists, innovators, entrepreneurs, and change-makers to showcase climate solutions and engage with global leaders on this defining issue of our time. Adolescents and youths from different walks of life…. together with international organisations and global partners… all with one goal: joining forces in this global fight… a peaceful fight… committed to combatting climate change!

Every year we celebrate World Oceans Day to remind everyone of the major role the oceans have in everyday life. In return we owe it to the ocean to take action to protect it as best we can. The EU plays an important part in ocean activism. Three years ago, together with the High Representative Federica Mogherini, the EU set out an International Ocean Governance agenda, for the future of our oceans, proposing 50 actions for safe, secure, clean and sustainably managed oceans in Europe and around the world.

What do the European Union and the Smurfs have in common? Both identify with the colour blue, and both care deeply about the health of our blue planet. And now they are shaking hands to clean up beaches across the world and encourage people to protect our ocean!

Imaginez 8 millions de tonnes de plastique... ou 35.000 conteneurs de transport remplis de plastique... telle est la quantité de plastique déversée chaque année dans les océans de la planète. Les conséquences sont dramatiques. «Nos océans sont en danger. D’ici 2050, ils pourraient contenir plus de plastique que de poissons» avait annoncé Mme Mogherini, haute représentante de l’UE, lors de la conférence #NotreOcéan organisée à Malte en octobre dernier. Ocean Plastics Lab est une exposition internationale itinérante qui montre comment la science peut nous permettre de comprendre et de combattre le problème du plastique dans les océans. L’exposition se trouve actuellement sur l’esplanade Solidarność 1980, au Parlement européen.

Imagine oito milhões de toneladas de plástico... ou 35.000 contentores cheios de plástico... esta é a quantidade de plástico que é despejada no mar no mundo... todos os anos. As consequências são dramáticas. «Os nossos oceanos estão em perigo. Em 2050, poderá haver mais plástico do que peixes» declarou a Alta Representante da UE Federica Mogherini na conferência #OurOcean, relaizada em Malta em outubro passado. A Ocean Plastics Lab é uma exposição itinerante internacional que visa dar a conhecer o contributo da ciência para compreender e combater o problema da presença de plásticos nos oceanos. A exposição está atualmente patente na Esplanada Solidarność 1980, no Parlamento Europeu, em Bruxelas.

¿Se imagina 8 millones de toneladas de plástico? ¿O 35.000 contenedores de transporte de mercancías rellenos de este material? Es el volumen que se vierte al océano en todo el mundo… cada año. Las consecuencias son dramáticas. "Nuestros océanos están en peligro. En 2050, es posible que contengan más plástico que peces", anunciaba la alta representante de la UE Mogherini en la Conferencia #OurOcean. Ocean Plastics Lab (laboratorio de plásticos en el océano) es una exposición itinerante internacional que muestra cómo la ciencia contribuye a comprender y combatir el problema de los prácticos en los océanos. La exposición está actualmente en la Explanada Solidarność 1980, en el Parlamento Europeo.

Imagine 8 million tons of plastic… or 310.000 shipping containers filled with plastic… this is the amount of plastic being dumped into the ocean worldwide… every year. The consequences are dramatic. “Our oceans are in danger. By 2050 they could contain more plastic than fish,” EU High Representative Mogherini had announced at the #OurOcean Conference in Malta last October. The Ocean Plastics Lab is an international travelling exhibition showcasing the contribution of science to understand and combat the problem of plastics in the ocean. The exhibition is currently located at the Esplanade Solidarność 1980, at the European Parliament.

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