The National Marine Aquarium (NMA) has joined a global campaign to combat plastic pollution with another six UK based aquariums, alongside aquariums from 32 countries, including USA, France and Spain.
The European Commission, together with the United Nations Environment Programme, and the support of the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco, the European Union of Aquarium Curators, the World Association of Zoos & Aquariums, the US Aquarium Conservation Partnership and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO, announced a global coalition of 200 aquariums by 2019 to raise public awareness about plastic pollution.
The NMA, based in Plymouth, Britain’s Ocean City, has been working hard over its twenty year history to combat pollution in the world’s Oceans, and over the past five years, the ongoing problem of plastic pollution has taken a global focus.
The NMA is committed to help reduce the amount of plastic it uses, and particularly in reducing the amount of single use plastics. Actions taken by the NMA include, but are not limited to;
Roger Maslin, CEO of the National Marine Aquarium, said: “As a marine conservation and education charity, our focus is to connect people with our Oceans. The Oceans are vitally important to the health of our planet and it is becoming increasingly important for people to understand the effects of plastics on them.
We are extremely proud to be a part of this worldwide aquarium collaboration and it’s fantastic to see people making pro-Ocean behaviour changes, and the increasing awareness of their responsibility to care for this vital resource through aquariums work and campaigns.”