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How does marine litter impact our health, economy and ocean?

WWF & Sky Ocean Rescue were delighted to invite Members of the European Parliament, European Commission, members of the press and local citizens to a high-level debate, hosted by the Chair of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Adina-Ioana Vălean on 16 May, 2018.
Just a week before the European Commission was due to unveil its legislative proposals on single-use plastics, First Vice-President Frans Timmermans and Commissioner Karmenu Vella delivered keynote speeches, promising a comprehensive and ambitious proposal. 

The high level debate explored the issue of how marine litter impacts our health, economy and oceans. Moderated by Sky Correspondent Thomas Moore, panelists Peter Thomson (First UN Special Envoy for the Ocean), Daniel Costello (Canadian Ambassador to the EU), Samantha Burgess (WWF EPO Head of Marine Policy), Nick Molho (Executive Director at Aldersgate Group), and Gregory R. Belt (Global VP Sustainability and Value Creation at Anheuser-Busch InBev) engaged a profound discussion on the future of our oceans and the industries implicated by its health and robust biodiversity. 

The event took place in the Members' Restaurant of the EU Parliament.


The Pledge to #PassOnPlastic

The day before the panel debate event, Members of the European Parliament and European Commission signed a symbolic pledge to mark their commitment to reduce personal consumption of single-use plastic.

On the morning of 15 May, First Vice-President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans, Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Karmenu Vella, European Parliament President Antonio Tajani, and Chair of the ENVI Committee Adina Valean launched a full day of pledge signings. 

The signing launch took place on the EU Parliament Esplanade in front of Plasticus, Sky's 8-metre long whale made with the same amount of plastic that enters our oceans every second.

The pledge marks a personal commitment of each signatory to reduce their personal consumption of single-use plastic.By the end of May 16th, the #PassOnPlastic pledge had collected over 100 MEP signatures. 


Larissa Milo-Dale
Marine Communications Officer
+32 483 26 20 86

Ignacio Vanzini
Marine Public Affairs Officer
+32 2 743 88 00