A range of speakers will showcase innovative
solutions to the global crisis of plastics in our oceans at a
landmark Ocean Summit in Hong Kong later this month.
As part of the territory’s first ever
involvement with the Volvo Ocean Race, the Ocean Summit aims to
inspire individuals, businesses, government and local communities
to take action to turn the tide on plastic.
A sustainable event workshop after the Ocean
Summit will then convene representatives from key Hong Kong based
businesses and groups to discuss ways to embed sustainability at
the heart of their operations.
The summit comes as recent data revealed that in
Hong Kong, 136 tonnes of plastic bottles are thrown away each day.
Globally, eight million tonnes of plastic are dumped into the
ocean every year and if no action is taken, our seas will contain
more plastic than fish by 2050.
“The Hong Kong Ocean Summit
will bring together representatives from the worlds of sport,
science, government, NGO’s and the private sector, to maximise
community and stakeholder engagement to raise awareness of ocean
health issues, promote local initiatives and inspire meaningful
action in Asia to help turn the tide on plastic,” said Anne-Cecile
Turner, Sustainability Programme Leader for the Volvo Ocean Race. “The events already have a proven track record
for creating a foundation for positive change and providing a
platform to share solutions and innovative ideas to the problem of
plastics in our seas, something we will look forward to continuing
during our Hong Kong stopover.”
Last November, the Hong Kong government
announced that vending machines at government premises will stop
selling water in bottles of one litre or less to help combat the
Key speakers at the event will include Stiv
Wilson, Director of Campaigns, The story of Stuff; Tiza Mafira,
Director, The Plastic Bag Diet (Jakarta); Oscar Wezenbeek,
Managing Director, AkzoNobel Marine Coatings; Safia Qureshi,
Founder and CEO of The Cup Club, Dr Ivone Mirpuri, Medical
Advisor, Mirpuri Foundation and Anders Jacobson, Co-Founder and
CEO of Bluewater.
The Ocean Summit, taking place on 22nd January
in the Volvo Pavilion in the Race Village in Kai Tak Runway Park,
will also be attended by a host of industry leaders from across
Asia, Volvo Ocean Race sailors, NGOs and ocean advocates.
The one-day event will be hosted by Paul Rose,
explorer, television presenter and Vice President of the Royal
Following the success of Ocean Summits in
Alicante, Spain and Cape Town, South Africa other host cities
featuring Ocean Summits include Newport, USA on 18 May 2018,
Cardiff, Wales on 5 June 2018, Gothenburg, Sweden on 18 June 2018
and The Hague, Holland on 27-28 June 2018.
The summits have already seen the release of
ground breaking data on the amount of microplastics in European
waters and produced a series of announcements to address the
impacts of plastics on ocean health.
At the Ocean Summit in Alicante, the Spanish
Government announced that it was joining the UN Clean Seas
Campaign with the firm purpose of supporting this global
initiative and contributing to its impact worldwide. The mayor of
Alicante also announced an education campaign on plastic in all
schools in the city.
Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront shopping centre,
which welcomes 24 million shoppers each year, announced their
pledge to be free of single use plastic bags and bottles. Stopover
partner WorldSport, a major events management company in Cape
Town, pledged their commitment to sustainable event practices with
the Volvo Ocean Race event being a benchmark from which to move
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