Fakhir Rizvi 9 days ago Mon 11th June 2018 | 02:25 PM
More plastic than fish in world's oceans by 2050: UN chief sounds alarm at G7 Summit UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has warned that there would be more plastic than fish by 2050 in the world's oceans if the present trends continue.
UNITED NATIONS, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 11th Jun, 2018 ) :More plastic than fish in world's oceans by 2050: UN chief sounds alarm at G7 Summit UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has warned that there would be more plastic than fish by 2050 in the world's oceans if the present trends continue.
Plastic waste is now found in the most remote areas of the planet. It kills marine life and is doing major harm to communities that depend on fishing and tourism, he added.
Pointing out that one mass of plastic in the Pacific is now bigger than France, Guterres welcomed the G7 Plastics Charter, agreed on Saturday, which is being seen by some observers as a Paris-style watershed moment for cleaning up ocean garbage, referencing the 2015 Agreement on climate change.
Make no mistake, we are in a battle. And we are losing on every front, he stressed.
And, to compound these issues, we have the growing impacts of climate change, he asserted.
Ocean acidification is disrupting the marine food chain and record-level ocean temperatures are killing coral reefs and creating fiercer, more frequent storms.
Moreover, 40 per cent of the world's population lives within 100 kilometres of a coast " leaving them vulnerable to storms, sea level rise and coastal erosion.
Low-lying island nations and many coastal cities are in jeopardy of inundation, the Secretary-General spelled out.
Thankfully, Guterres, said, we have a battle plan.
Our guide is the Sustainable Development Goals [SDGs], and especially Goal 14 with its 10 targets from addressing marine pollution and acidification, to ending overfishing and protecting ecosystems, he elaborated.
MrGuterres noted that while last year's Ocean Conference at UN Headquarters registered more than 1,300 commitments and partnerships, none of the initiatives and declarations are worth anything unless we accept that we face a global emergency.
And that is why I am here today. To sound the alarm. To inject a sense of real urgency in your deliberations and decision-making, he said.
Your leadership is needed now, more than ever " on combatting land-based pollution; on creating marine protected areas; on reviving fisheries; on building the resilience of coastal ecosystems and communities, and, especially, on climate change, he added.
He flagged that if our seas and oceans are not protected, and we lose the battle against climate change, all the assumptions on which our policy-making has been based will be worthless.
Take seriously these threats to our global environment and understand that our collective future and security is at stake, he added.