On World Environment Day, June 5, the Nordic embassies in Ottawa organized a cleaning day at Westboro beach in Ottawa, to highlight the issue of plastic pollution in oceans. Watch the video to learn more and to see what we found!
Beat Plastic Pollution
#BeatPlasticPollution was the theme for World Environment Day 2018. Plastic in the oceans is one of our most serious global environmental problems. If no action is taken, there will be more plastic than fish in the oceans by 2050. By taking part in the beach cleanup, the embassy of Sweden supports a local action to address the global issue of marine litter.
The Nordic project is a collaboration between local organization Ottawa Riverkeeper and the Canadian department for environment and climate change, ECCC. Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, took part in the beach cleanup activity. In her speech, the Minister emphasized the importance of local actions in combination with international cooperation to combat the littering of our oceans, because the ocean is what unites us. Around 50 people participated in the cleaning day at Westboro beach, located on the Ottawa River. The event was shared on social media under the hashtag #NordicCleanUp.
Climate and oceans are priority issues for the Swedish Government. Investments in the ocean and water environment include reinforced efforts on marine area protection, efforts to combat eutrophication and actions against plastic pollution of oceans.
Visit the Nordic CleanUp website to read more about the project and to watch the full interviews with the Nordic Ambassadors to Canada.
The Nordic CleanUp project was supported by the Nordic Council of Ministers. Learn about their initiative "Nordic Solutions to Global Challenges" here.