Plastics in our Oceans: What can we do to turn the tide?
Updated: Mar 24
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A Frontline Club X Clear Public Space event
25 March 2021
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The UN’s Decade of Ocean Science starts this year, 2021.
We are the last generation with the choice to act, or not.
We will explore the issue by asking “Plastics in our ocean: What can we do to turn the tide?” with leading figures on this global, existential issue.
Nearly three billion people depend directly on marine and coastal biodiversity for their survival. By absorbing approximately a third of carbon dioxide emissions, oceans play a decisive role in regulating the climate. So, economically, environmentally and as a source of life, they are therefore crucial to the very fate of humanity. Yet, we dispose of over 8 million tonnes of plastic in the seas every year.
With the ‘Environmental Frontline’ events we hope to uncover meaningful and useful permanent actions, that we can all do, to help battle environmental problems.
The discussion will include representatives from the UNEP, EU Commission, Activists, Educators, Academics and film-makers and moderated by environmental scientist and former environment editor of the Sunday Times, Jonathan Leake.
Panellists will now include:
The "trigger for David Attenborough's plastic activism"
BBC film-maker for 12 years, activist and educator: Founder of Ocean Generation, (formerly Plastic Oceans UK) the global non-profit organisation. Producer of the documentary feature film, 'A Plastic Ocean' (on Netflix).
Professor Richard Thompson OBE FRS
World-leading marine scientist, Richard founded and heads Plymouth University’s International Marine Litter Research Unit, which has charted the global distribution of microplastics from Arctic sea ice to the deep seas. In 2017, Richard was awarded an OBE for his services to marine science.
Professor Helmut Maurer
Prof Helmut Maurer, Sustainable Chemicals Unit of the European Commission. Helmut has worked for the European Commission for almost 20 years.
Former environment editor at The Times and current science and environment editor at The Sunday Times with 30 years of experience in UK national newspapers. As a journalist, he has covered humanity’s destruction of Earth’s oceans, climate and wildlife for nearly two decades.
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