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Marine litter is a global challenge. Every year millions of tons of trash end up in the ocean. It is estimated that by 2050 there could be more plastic than fish in the sea. Therefore, the European Union, the United Nations and the Smurfs are teaming up to clean beaches across the world and invite citizens everywhere to take part.
"Marine litter is a global concern, affecting all the oceans of the world. Every year, millions and millions of tonnes of litter end up in the ocean worldwide, posing environmental, economic, health and aesthetic problems. Litter does not know borders and we can only tackle this problem all together. Keeping our environment and waters clean is a shared interest of the European Union and Russia. 21 September is the EU Beach Clean Up Day – to remind people all around the world that change starts with each of us and our engagement! You can all start by preventing garbage in the waters of Russia”, said Markus Ederer, EU Ambassador to the Russian Federation.
Concretely, EU Delegations and UN missions across the world as well as the Representations of the European Commission throughout the EU will organise beach cleanup events together with local organisations, schools, etc. In 2018, over 70 actions and nearly 3,000 people participated to the #EUBeachCleanup campaign with actions from Ghana to Iceland and from The Dominican Republic to Fiji.
This year, the EU is joining forces with the United Nations and the Smurfs, to further raise awareness around the marine litter challenge in all corners of our blue planet. The campaign invites citizens everywhere to participate in local beach clean-up actions. On 21 September 2019, we will worldwide celebrate the International Coastal Clean-up Day. No matter how young or old, or wherever you are, you can contribute to making our ocean healthier.
In the framework of the 5th festival "Discover your Europe at the Hermitage" – taking place in Saint Petersburg on 21 September – the EU Delegation to Russia is organising an educational activity promoting the EU Beach Clean-up initiative with support from the UN Information Centre in Moscow. Children will be playing a floor game "The Sea is rising" with the aim to save the Smurf village threatened by rising sea levels. Alongside the game an expert will speak about responsible environmental behaviour. We hope to see you there!
Read more: https://vk.com/europeday
The European Union is leading the global fight against marine litter and has recently agreed legislation to curb single use plastics, especially those items that are most commonly found at the beach. In addition, the legislation focuses on lost fishing gear, which accounts to some 27% of all beach litter.
The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, and peace and justice. SDG-14 set objectives for sustainable use and conservation of the ocean.
The Smurfs, created by Peyo in 1958, are a universal symbol of optimism and friendship. The blue Smurfs live in harmony with nature and bring happiness to children and grownups across the world. The Smurfs are official campaign partners of the #EUBeachCleanup and the Sustainable Development Goals.