New Zealand Signs the Clean Seas pledge
12 Mar 2018
Auckland, New Zealand
Volvo Ocean Race
Associate Environment Minister Eugenie Sage signed up to the ambitious campaign, supported by the Volvo Ocean Race, at the Volvo Pavilion in the Race Village in Auckland on Monday.
In doing so, New Zealand became the 42nd country to sign up to the five-year long campaign. Over 70,000 individuals and a wide range of businesses have also pledged to join the fight against marine plastic.
“New Zealand is proud to be joining this campaign to stop plastic polluting our seas,” Ms Sage said.
“Scientists estimate that there are over 150 million tonnes of plastics in the ocean today. If nothing changes then plastic in oceans will weigh more than all the fish that live in them by 2050.
“By signing up to the Clean Seas campaign, we are making it clear that New Zealand wants to be part of the solution to this problem. We are taking steps to prevent litter entering our oceans by hitting it at its source on land.”
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