EU - PLASTIC OCEANS ALLIANCE
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ONE WORLD ONE OCEAN - In the role of guardians of your geographical regions, there is also a responsibility to develop the blue economy for the international circular economies that a sustainable society requires if we are not to burn planet earth out.
According to many sources the European Union combined has the largest GDP of any other group of nations and is dedicated to tackling the ocean plastic menace in upping their calls for proposals on the subject.
Many of their calls are for collaboration on data collection and dissemination from monitoring, fishing controls, awareness campaigns and beach cleaning. The calls under the Horizon 2020 banner are too many and varied to list here, but tell us that the EU is looking for solutions and cares about our oceans but is finding it difficult to make headway, hence has upped the funding rate and committed to additional expenditure that may or may not yield a solution.
By joining an Alliance dedicated to firstly making people aware of plastic, secondly promoting ocean friendly packaging and finally removing plastic from the ocean for recycling - the EU may find it more economical to allow such cooperation to proceed - not in any way limiting the calls for proposals that may assist an Ocean Plastic Alliance in this important quest.
We share one ocean and one planet. We may care to think otherwise, but in the greatest technical challenge we have yet faced as brothers and sisters of planet earth there are no borders. What neighbor countries trash today is your pollution problem tomorrow, and what you fail to clean up today as responsible parents is our children's legacy for generations to come.
With plastic being a toxin carrier and bioamplifier in the food chain, we can expect that people ingesting fish exposed to marine plastic will be that much more likely to suffer cancer related problems in life, with follow on costs to the health services of contributor nations.
The unique quality of humans is our ability to reason and be reasonable. Provided that the main industrial players in the world accept that plastic production and usage is linked to Gross Domestic Product, it is reasonable to expect that those with most to gain from ocean research and regeneration might want to contribute what they can afford.
We know that world leaders will consider it unfair if they are asked to contribute more than other nations, but would also expect that each nations should match fund any coordinated efforts of this nature. Funding need only continue until SeaVax reaches break even point, at which stage members might expect to benefit from ongoing operations without any cost of membership attaching.
The World needs an Ocean Action Plan to coordinate the efforts of member nations that in turn will benefit each other as the oceans move from one shoreline to the shores of a neighbor country. To help us develop an international strategy we need to generate sufficient funds effectively make headway, estimated to be in the region of $10 million dollars to develop a SeaVax prototype. Follow on expenses, or pledges of ongoing support should be included to cover the cost of helping contributing nations to set up fleets of ocean cleaning boats - and running them in a network or pattern that stands the best chance of regenerating our oceans.
An Action Plan will involve coordinated research, communications and operations designed to tackle marine plastic, working with other organizations to make people aware of the dangers of plastic pollution and the need to review packaging policies.
THE G20 HEADS OF STATE A - Z
The G20 (or G-20 or Group of Twenty) is an international forum for governments and central bank governors from:
Founded in 1999, the G20 aims to discuss policy pertaining to the promotion of international financial stability. It seeks to address issues that go beyond the responsibilities of any one organization.
The G20's membership does not reflect exactly the 19 largest national economies of the world in any given year. The organization
ABOUT GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT
Gross domestic product (GDP) is the market value of all final goods and services from a nation in a given year. Countries are sorted by nominal GDP estimates from financial and statistical institutions, which are calculated at market or government official exchange rates. Nominal GDP does not take into account differences in the cost of living in different countries, and the results can vary greatly from one year to another based on fluctuations in the exchange rates of the country's currency. Such fluctuations may change a country's ranking from one year to the next, even though they often make little or no difference in the standard of living of its population. The figures quoted here are only a guide.
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