IUCN: The SeaCleaners speak out at the World Conservation Congress
From 3 to 11 September 2021, Marseille will host the IUCN World Conservation Congress at the Parc Chanot, "the largest global event ever organised on biodiversity". Heads of state, diplomats, the scientific community and citizens from all over the world will be present to push for urgent resolutions to the problems linked to climate change.
In its global Red List of Threatened Species, the IUCN estimates that 28% of the 96,951 species studied are now threatened.
The IPCC report also highlighted the fact that the oceans are no longer contributing to the habitability of our planet due to human activity; their capacity to provide oxygen and absorb CO2 is declining due to pollution and global warming. This degradation will continue for hundreds of years. But there are still some things that humanity can do about it, including plastic pollution.
In this context of urgency, IUCN is striking a chord with the fourth edition of this historic gathering, which aims to raise biodiversity conservation to the same level of priority as global warming.
More than 1,400 member organizations, as well as over 18,000 experts and scientists, will work on a new roadmap to halt the accelerating decline of global biodiversity.
The IUCN Congress will mark an important milestone ahead of the landmark UN conferences on biodiversity and climate in Kunming and Glasgow, and will guide the development of new international targets and measures.
The SeaCleaners will be present during these exchanges, through 4 key events:
– In the Oceans area of the official Congress exhibition: Throughout the event, The SeaCleaners will be presenting the Manta, a waste collection factory boat (stand O12, see site map)
– At the WASTE WE CAN village of the Espaces Générations Nature (EGN) where The SeaCleaners will conduct awareness-raising activities to encourage people to fight against marine plastic pollution, with educational activities.
– On 6 September, the EGN’s Oceans Day, during the round table “The waste journey: a fight at every stage to reduce the impact of “marine” waste?”
Finally, in parallel to the congress, the association will present its solutions during the GREEN SOLUTIONS DAYS.