Deputy Ambassador of the EU Ms. Sandra De Waele referred in her welcoming notes to the fact that 85% of the beach litter is made of plastic which takes many years to decompose. “Today’s event is a way to encourage everyone of us to take action against plastic pollution which has adverse effects on marine life, the environment and our health,” said De Waele. She asked participants to further promote this message amongst their families and friends.
In the run-up to the event, the EU and Greenish launched a campaign on social media to raise awareness on the importance of recycling and waste sorting, how to minimize waste of energy and water resources, the risks of plastic to marine life, and how to reduce the use of plastic materials.
Participants received environmentally friendly reusable bags as substitute to single-use plastic products.
The event is part of the EU's initiative to eliminate marine litter, especially plastic products. The fight against climate change is one of the EU’s international priorities. Meanwhile, the EU will celebrate Climate Action Week in Egypt at the end of September through various events to raise awareness of climate change issues.
Ms. De Waele underlined the commitment of the EU to support Egypt in combating climate change. “The ongoing climate-related projects funded by the EU in Egypt amount to 700 million euros in grants. We support companies and factories to reduce the air and water pollution resulting from their work. We also work with governorates in Egypt on the sustainable protection of environment through solid waste management programmes.”