We have joined and signed the Ocean Call, which carries the voice and the commitments of more than 50 organizations mobilized for the ocean alongside Surfrider Foundation Europe.
We, the representatives of civil society, stand together as Ocean defenders and call on the Group of Seven to treat ocean protection as a priority during the G7 Summit, and future summits, by adopting binding measures and a time-bound action plan to protect, restore and strengthen the resilience of the ocean to the many threats it faces, including pollution, acidification, climate change, exploitation and irreversible marine and coastal habitat and biodiversity loss, following these requests:
- Promote sustainable tourism and low-impact water sports and recreational activities as opportunities to connect with a protected ocean
- Ensure ocean biodiversity and ecosystems are protected and preserved
- Reduce plastic production and consumption and address marine plastic pollution to protect the ocean
- Maintain and restore the health of the ocean for a protected climate
Following the G7 Summit, the Ocean Call will also be staged at the United Nations Climate Change Summit in New York in September, at the COP 25 in Chile in December and finally at the COP 15 on Biodiversity in China in 2020.