Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Seas At Risk newsletter.
In this edition we consider people power in the face of government inaction on environmental protection. The Juncker Commission has been in power for a little over 1 year, and despite promises to be 'big on the big things', we have seen little in the way of solid action to protect our oceans from the scourge of plastic marine litter (as highlighted in the latest report from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in our story below) or the climate impact of our shipping.
But there is hope. Across the EU and outside it, people are ready to act in defence of the health of their seas. In Denmark, 30,000 citizens have come out to support the preservation of their coastal regions, in the Mediterranean, Seas At Risk member OceanCare has completed a map of ocean noise that will assist lobbying efforts to minimise it, Seas At Risk is working with MEPs and others on a European Parliament effort to follow the United States in getting rid of polluting microbeads in cosmetics and the European Environemental Bureau has set out a new list of priorities for the EU for the coming years that better reflect the environmental reality.
We hope you enjoy this edition
The Seas At Risk team
A major new report from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, the World Economic Forum and McKinsey consultants has shown that we are currently headed for an ecological crisis in our oceans, but that we can prevent it with determined and coordinated action on how we handle plastics.
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Brussels - Statement by Seas At Risk and Transport & Environment as new secretary-general of International Maritime Organisation (IMO) Kitack Lim meets with EU Environment and Transport Commissioners.
Brussels – Seas At Risk is supporting a campaign recently launched in the European Parliament by a group of MEPs led by the British MEP Catherine Bearder, which is calling on the Commission and Council to take action on the issue of microplastic pollution.
The European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC) and the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC) this week launched a new report on ‘Marine Sustainability in an age of changing Oceans and Seas’.
Seas At Risk Danish member organisation the Danish Society for Nature Conservation has held large beach rallies at the culmination of their campaign for a protected status for Denmark’s coastline.
21 January 2016
Seas At Risk’s Swiss member organisation OceanCare have developed a first overview of noise sources in the Mediterranean Sea.
12 January 2016
The European Environmental Bureau has published an adjusted set of ten priorities for the Commission, that put the environment where it belongs, integrated into all other policy areas.