Ocean plastic pollution is
the biggest threat to marine environment and it is said about 2, 70,000 tonnes
of litter are floating in the oceans, killing silently the precious marine life
and the pristine marine environment. Humanity has woken to this horror and its
impact on the marine life facing slow and steady deterioration.
Earth Day and the World Oceans Day underscore
the need for urgent solution to check this silent but massive, pervasive
horror. In shipping, the Member-States of the International Maritime
Organization-IMO, in April 2018, decided the adoption of a special Action Plan,
in the framework of the United Nations Agenda 2030, to address the serious
threat posed by plastics.
This year HELMEPA’s “Seagull” message “NO
garbage, NO plastics in our seas and on our beaches” is as
contemporary as ever, despite having already completed 34 years! This is also
confirmed by the extensive amounts of plastics, such as straws, bottles, bags
and packaging, which are collected every year by volunteers during cleanups of
our country’s seabed, beaches, lakes, rivers and forests.
According to the Australian Marine Conservation
Society, there will be more plastic than fish in the world by 2050.
Unless man’s attitude to the oceans
plastic pollution changes and awareness is born in him, there is no life for
the marine species and will that be a situation man can be proud of?
To sensitize humanity to the oceans plastic pollution
and its horrendous impact on the marine environment HELMEPA has started an
awareness campaign with two posters besides its messages.
We know a
picture paints thousand words and these posters with relevant pictures will
reach the humanity with the message and these two posters are designed by the
creator of the “Seagull”, Mr. Stavros Georgiades.
The first poster with the Seagull flying above the
coastline while removing bottles, cups and other plastics is addressed to the
wider public. Its projection throughout Greece will be carried out by the 6,150
schoolchildren-members of the “HELMEPA Junior” program.
poster, addressed to the wider maritime community, depicts the globe entrapped
in a plastic bag. Its message “Keep Oceans Free of Plastics” will be
projected worldwide by the Members of HELMEPA, 408 vessels, 180 managing companies
and shipping organizations and 13,500 Greek seafarers.
May this awareness raising campaign highlight the
threat of plastics and the duty of each and every one of us to wipe out this
danger that we ourselves created.