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For a second consecutive year, the Delegation of the European Union to Canada joined EU Delegations worldwide as part of a global campaign to raise awareness about the importance of promoting and preserving clean beaches, oceans and waterways. On 20 September, staff at the EU Delegation – and the Smurfs - added their voice to the global efforts by embarking on a canoe excursion across the Ottawa River for a shoreline clean-up on Kettle Island.
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!
Climate change is a defining challenge of our generation and the European Union (EU) has been at the forefront of negotiating a multilateral framework to respond to this global challenge. In 2015, the EU diplomacy played a leading role in brokering the historic and global Paris Climate Agreement. 195 countries agreed on a simple goal: to hand over to future generations a healthier planet and more prosperous, modern and fair societies.
Join us for Washington, D.C.'s International Coastal Cleanup on Kingman Island on September 21, 2019! As part of the global #EUBeachCleanup campaign to combat marine litter, we are partnering with Ocean Conservancy to help clean up the Anacostia River. Let's beat plastic pollution and preserve our ocean! The cleanup will take place from 9:30am to 12:30pm. Family and friends are welcome.