Earth today | International Coastal Cleanup Day 2022 is approaching | New
The JAMAICA Environment Trust (JET) will soon launch the observance of the International Coastal Cleanup Day (ICC) 2022, scheduled for September 17 this year, as the world continues to grapple with the growing problem of marine pollution and plastic.
ICC has seen people around the world mobilize to remove litter from beaches and waterways for over 35 years. Since its inception, over 17 million volunteers from over 150 countries have collected over 348 million pounds of trash.
Jamaica, for its part, joined the ICC in the mid-1990s. local volunteers each year.
“The ICC is not just an environmental awareness exercise; data is also collected by volunteers on the types and amounts of litter collected on our beaches. The data, which is collected from site coordinators and tabulated by JET, is sent to the Ocean Conservancy in the United States, which then creates an annual Marine Debris Report,” explains JET via its website, www.jamenttrust.org.
“This report is used by Ocean Conservancy in international lobbying efforts to improve waste management practices globally, thereby reducing the impacts of marine debris on coastal ecosystems,” the entity added.
Marine litter and plastic pollution remain a clear and present danger, putting not only human health but also the health of the world’s oceans and seas at risk.
“Despite current initiatives and efforts, the amount of plastics in the oceans has been estimated at around 75-199 million tonnes…In a business as usual scenario and in the absence of necessary interventions, the amount of waste plastics entering aquatic ecosystems could almost triple, from some 9 to 14 million tonnes per year in 2016 to 23 to 37 million tonnes per year by 2040,” reveals the 2021 report from the United Nations Environment Programme. , ‘ From Pollution to Solution: A Global Assessment of Marine Litter and Plastic Pollution ».
The good news, the report notes, is that, among other things, advances in technology and the growth of citizen science activities are improving the detection of marine litter and plastic pollution,” although “consistency of measurement remains a challenge.”
At the same time, he said there was an increasing number of interventions to end marine litter and pollution.
“Cities, municipalities and large companies have reduced waste flows to landfills; regulatory processes are expanding, driven by increasing public pressure; and there has been an upsurge in local activism and local government actions, including curbside collections, plastic recycling and community cleanups. However, the current situation is a mix of widely varying business practices and national regulatory and voluntary arrangements,” he said.
“There are already international commitments to reduce marine litter and plastic pollution, especially from land-based sources, as well as several applicable international agreements and non-binding legal instruments relating to the trade in plastics or the reduction of impacts on marine life. . However, none of the international policies agreed since 2000 include a global, binding, specific and measurable goal limiting plastic pollution. This has led many governments, as well as businesses and civil society, to call for a global instrument on marine litter and plastic pollution,” he added.
JET’s launch event for ICC 2022 will take place this Friday, August 19, between 10:30am and 12:00pm at the Y-Knot Bar & Grill, Port Royal.