The event was organised in partnership with Shout Climate Change Africa and Sierra Leone Consortium for Climate Change and Sustainable Development.
In the presence of the Mayor of Freetown, the Ministers of Tourism and Environment, civil society, volunteers from youth organisations and members of the international community, EU Ambassador Tom Vens made a strong plea for joint action to help limit the problem of marine and plastic pollution in Freetown.
EU Ambassador Tom Vens:
''Marine litter damages business in economic sectors such as tourism, fisheries, aquaculture, navigation and energy as well as the respective local communities. This is a global problem that needs a global approach. In addition 60% of the litter here (at the beach) are non recyclable plastic waste; there is a need for proper regulation to address this environmental emergency''.
The #EUbeachCleanup initiative is a fundamental part of the Europe-wide strategy on plastics.
Plastics Strategy and Circular Economy: ec.europa.eu/environment/waste/plastic_waste.htm
#ReadyToChange campaign website: www.bereadytochange.eu