Mirpuri Foundation, as principal sustainability partner of the Volvo Ocean Race, was present at the at the Ocean Summit, which explores the issues and solutions to the plastic crisis, at the Race stopover in Newport, USA.

Dee Caffari, skipper of the Turn the Tide on Plastic boat, with founding partner Mirpuri Foundation, was one of the speakers.

Anne-Cecile Turner, Volvo Ocean Race Sustainability Programme Leader, said: “We have a unique opportunity to preserve our endangered playground and the Ocean Summit plays a vital role in helping to solve the crisis and announcements, such as Rhode Island’s decision to sign up to the UN CleanSeas campaign, only help to amplify that message and the need for urgent action.”

Lisa Emelia Svensson, Ocean Ambassador, UN Environment, told the audience about the partnership with Volvo Ocean Race and the need for a global shift away from our reliance on plastic.

She said: “We need to fundamentally change the way we think about plastic. We must stop treating it as a material that we can just throw away immediately after use, and start thinking of it as something that has real value.

“The problem of marine litter cannot be solved in isolation. We must all work together – governments, the private sector, civil society and individuals – towards a permanent solution.”

For the first time ever the summit was broadcast live on volvooceanrace.com and Facebook Live to people around the world.

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Watch the Volvo Ocean Race Newport Ocean Summit LIVE!

Watch the Volvo Ocean Race Newport Ocean Summit LIVE!Be sure to tune in as we go live to the Newport Ocean Summit to bring together leaders in science, business, politics and sport to discuss how we can collectively tackle the global plastic problem!

Publicado por Volvo Ocean Race em Sexta-feira, 18 de Maio de 2018

 

Photo credit: Jesus Renedo / VOR