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Humpback wales are dying from plastic pollution

 

MARINE LIFE - This humpback whale is one example of a magnificent animal that is at the mercy of human activity. Humans are for the most part unaware of the harm their fast-lane lifestyles are causing. We aim to change that by doing all we can to promote ocean literacy.

 

 

Horizon 2020 has allocated funding for two projects to boost ocean literacy:

 

1. Sea Change aims to establish a fundamental “Sea Change” in the way European citizens view their relationship with the sea, by empowering them, as Ocean Literate citizens, to take direct and sustainable action towards a healthy ocean, healthy communities and ultimately a healthy planet.

 

2. Responseable encourages Europeans to take a closer interest in their oceans and to treat them with greater respects and understanding.

 

Other projects also contribute to ocean literacy such as:

 

3. The European Atlas of the Seas which is an easy and fun way for professionals, students and anyone interested to learn more about Europe's seas and coasts, their environment, related human activities and European policies. It was developed to raise awareness of Europe's oceans and seas, in the context of the EU's integrated maritime policy.

 

Another project under development (subject to funding/sponsorship) is the Miss Ocean literacy tour for 2019 (target) that focuses on ocean issues - working with Mister Ocean in tandem to promote knowledge of our seas and marine life with Android and iOS games as free downloads and if backing is sufficient a 3D virtual reality underwater experience.

 

 

WHAT IS OCEAN LITERACY?

 

Most citizens on planet earth are not aware of the full extent of the medical, economic, social, political and environmental importance of the sea to their well-being. Many of us are not aware of how our day-to-day actions can have a cumulative effect on the health of the ocean – a necessary resource that must be protected for all life on our blue planet to exist.

In other words, our citizens lack a sense of “Ocean Literacy” - an understanding of the ocean’s influence on us and our influence on the ocean.

 

 

LINKS & REFERENCE

 

https://ec.europa.eu/maritimeaffairs/policy/skills-career-development_en

 

 

 

THE INDEPENDENT HENDERSON ISLANDBeaches of a remote British island in the South Pacific are littered with an estimated 37.7 million pieces of plastic, scientists have discovered.

The level of plastic pollution at uninhabited Henderson Island, part of the UK's Pitcairn Islands territory, is worse than anywhere else in the world.

Investigators visiting the island found up to 671 items of plastic on every square metre (10 sq ft) of its otherwise pristine beaches.

Henderson Island was designated a World Heritage Site by the United Nations in 1988.

The 3,700 hectare (9,142 acres) island is 3,100 miles (5,000km) away from the nearest major population centre and has one of the world's best preserved raised coral atolls.

  

 

 

 

 

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