Government should surf this wave of support

Greenpeace activists and supporters wore blue and created a big wave outside Scarborough Spa on world oceans day.

They were taking part in the launch of a global campaign to show world leaders how many people care about the oceans and want to protect them.

The environmental group mobilised people all around the world, getting them to wear blue and create human waves to demonstrate their love for the oceans.

Similar events were staged and filmed all over the world. The films will be edited and stitched together to show one big global wave.

“It was good fun event visually, as we invited people on the beach to join us, sign our petition and write a message to the government”, said Greenpeace activist Jane Hayes of the Yorkshire coast Greenpeace group.

Group coordinator Christopher Bunce added: “The aim is that together with other countries around the world, the UN can create ocean sanctuaries in the world’s most compromised areas. The campaign is expected to continue until late July, so it was great to showcase Scarborough as one of the first venues”.

Jane said: “Healthy oceans are one of our best allies against a changing climate, as marine life capture and store large amounts of carbon. But they are under threat from overfishing, deep sea mining and plastic pollution. Currently, less than 5% of the world’s oceans are protected. Greenpeace is asking the UK government to drive ambition at the next wave of negotiations in August and make a strong global ocean treaty a reality. The final decision on the treaty is expected at the United Nations in spring next year.

“Ocean sanctuaries provide relief and resilience for wildlife and ecosystems to recover”, Jane said. “We depend on our oceans for food and to protect us from climate change. They are a vital habitat for the sea creatures we know and love, such as whales and turtles.

“Our government must now surf this wave of support and push for a strong treaty at the upcoming UN negotiations. It’s vital that we protect at least 30% of our oceans by 2030”.