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UN postpones meeting to negotiate a Global Ocean Treaty

In Environment
Mar 19th, 2020

From Sarah Hill, Head of Oceans & Plastic Campaign, Greenpeace Canada

First of all, I hope that you and your loved ones are ok. These are tough and uncertain times, and before I move on, I just wanted to say this: whether for our planet or for the health of our communities, we’re all in this together. What we do now matters, so let’s continue to listen to the science and look out for one another

Because of the current situation, the UN meeting that was set to negotiate a Global Ocean Treaty has been postponed. It’s a sensible, compassionate decision that we support.

But that doesn’t mean we’re hitting the brakes on the campaign. Our oceans are under threat and it’s really important that we keep the momentum going to secure the protection of — and a brighter future for — marine life.

In fact, we’re picking up pace. We’ve just surpassed 3 MILLION signatures of supporters asking for a strong Global Ocean Treaty that could protect 30% of the global oceans by 2030.

In Canada, we’re now waiting to hear back from Ministers who are responsible for the UN canadian delegation. We want to hear from them directly whether Canada will show leadership and fully support a treaty that could lead to the creation of a global network of sanctuaries covering the most fragile and biodiverse parts of our oceans.

Over the past year, we’ve travelled to the ends of this extraordinary earth (quite literally, from the Arctic to the Antarctic) to protect our fragile blue planet. We will remain together to protect our planet and all life on it.



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