Protecting the ocean and its biodiversity by helping to stop plastic pollution

#BluHope

The ocean is home to 80% of life on Earth, as well as helping regulate the Earth’s climate and atmosphere and providing millions of people with food and cultural benefits. Over 17,000 Marine Protected Areas1 have been designated, representing 7.5% of the ocean surface, including areas of the Coral Triangle, the global centre of marine biodiversity.  These areas are crucial to sustain not just ocean life, but all life on our planet.

But, every year an estimated 4-12 million tonnes2 of plastic pollution is going into our ocean. Over 700 marine species are known to encounter plastic litter in the marine environment3, marine life from invertebrates, such as zooplankton and corals, to fish, turtles, seabirds and mammals including sea lions, whales and dolphins. Plastic in our ocean knows no boundaries, and drifts towards the most sensitive of ocean zones.

The BluHope campaign aims to educate our citizens of all ages why we must protect our ocean, and inspire and empower communities globally to take the steps needed to stop plastic pollution. Consumer awareness and behaviour change, reducing packaging and improving product design, and with new advancing technologies are all needed to create a plastic neutral circular economy to stop plastic waste going into our environment and ocean.

Join BluHope to drive that change, to help protect our precious ocean from plastic pollution.

Photo : Alex Lindbloom
1  Protected planet https://www.protectedplanet.net/marine
2 Jambeck, J et al (2015) Science 347 768-71
3  Brighty, GC and Thompson RC Eds. Defra Marine Plastic Pollution Evidence Review 2020

Hear what David Attenborough says about plastic pollution.

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BluHope’s focal area is the Coral Triangle, encompassing some of the World’s most biodiverse marine environments

On 8th June, World Oceans Day, BluHope launched its 5-day campaign with a programme of announcements, webinars with celebrities and scientists, fun activities for children and powerful films that tell the stories of the Coral Triangle – this most special of blue places.

The Coral Triangle, lying between Indonesia, the Philippines, Timor-Leste, Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands, has the highest coral diversity in the world with 76% of the world’s coral species and more coral reef fish than anywhere else in the world.

Whales, dolphins, porpoises, the endangered dugong and six of the world’s seven marine turtle species make this one of the marine biodiverse areas.  It is literally biodiversity central!

However, whilst 12 million hectares of the Coral Triangle are marine protected areas, these are still under threat particularly from plastic pollution that drifts in ocean currents from communities far away.  

Plastic Detectives

Find out how much plastic waste is thrown away in your home every week.

Remember to record your findings on the Blu Hope online survey (link).

This will help inform future plastic policy.

Watch Plastic Oceans UK’s Films about the Ocean & Plastic Pollution

Launch Week

Working with amazing, passionate partners, our BluHope campaign aims to raise awareness and educate our citizens of all ages why we must protect our ocean and to take action to stop plastic pollution. We also are highlighting the science that’s assessing the impacts, and technology being developed to process all plastic waste and create a plastic neutral circular economy. 

Blu Hope has partnered with Asia Dive Expo (ADEX) to bring you a week of online webinars that immerse us all in our oceans, and bring to life the many remarkable creatures that live beneath the waves.

Join us as we explore the underwater world that we depend on for so much, and how as #BluHope we look to deal with the challenges that we face if we want the ocean to thrive – particularly plastic pollution.

Check out each days’ theme and special programme. Click on the individual webinars below.

Missed one? Recordings will be posted the following day so you can listen at your convenience.

Please share links to the webinars on social media with the #BluHope – let’s grow our community!

8th June WORLD OCEANS DAY

Celebrate Coral Triangle Day, a 6 million km² area spanning Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Timor-Leste and the Solomon Islands, that contains 76 percent of the world’s coral species, and 37 percent of the world’s coral reef fish. It is one of the World’s most important marine areas.
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9th June CORAL TRIANGLE DAY

Celebrate the first Coral Triangle Day, a 6 million km² area spanning Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Timor-Leste and the Solomon Islands, that contains 76 percent of the world’s coral species, and as 37 percent of the world’s coral reef fish. It is one of the World’s most important marine areas.
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10th June INNOVATION FOR A CIRCULAR PLASTICS ECONOMY

Interact with systems thinkers, scientists and engineers, and passionate communities as they share their insights on how we become more plastic intelligent and change our wasteful ways, to protect the marine environment from pollution by creating a plastic neutral circular economy.
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11 June YOUTH OCEAN DEFENDERS

A day packed with sessions and activities that highlight and address the voices of the youth ocean defenders.
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12 June MARINE PROTECTION

Hear more about Mission Blue’s new Hope Spot in Timor-Leste and the amazing marine biodiversity in Sabah, Malaysia.  Come and learn from the sessions and activities highlighting the first-hand experiences and conservation initiatives of divers in the Asia Dive Expo community.
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