In recent months, more than 260 separate clean-up operations have been carried out across the globe, with the UN and the European Union’s #EUBeachCleanUp campaign removing 50 tonnes of rubbish from some of the EU’s most beautiful beaches.
Millions of tonnes of trash wind up in the ocean every year, posing a direct and lethal threat to marine life ranging from seabirds to whales, fish to crustaceans.
With this in mind, the UN and EU campaign has capitalized on raising public awareness of the issue, hoping to encourage grassroots ocean activism through actual action.
The effort, which began in 2017, invites people from all over the world to volunteer and help restore the planet.
The majority of this year’s activities took place on Portugal’s stunning beaches. The host country of the United Nations Ocean Conference in 2022 was responsible for cleaning up 175 beaches, accounting for about 70% of all campaign actions.
Children from Park International, a Lisbon school, were involved in one of them. The four-year-olds traveled to “Praia da Poça,” a popular tiny beach at the start of the Estoril-Cascais coast, wearing gloves and carrying rubbish bags, with the objective of rescuing marine life.
Millions of tonnes of waste wind up in the ocean every year, according to the organizers, and marine animals can’t tell the difference between trash and food.
The kids cleaned up the beach and thought about many ways they could help safeguard ocean species, keeping in mind the day’s theme, “Together to protect marine life.”
The UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development and the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration began this year, with the goal of protecting our oceans via scientific advances and reviving the planet’s dwindling ecosystems.