Human activities on land can impact ocean health: Thomson

UN Special Envoy for the Ocean Peter Thomson speaks to delegates of the Ocean-Climate Negotiators Symposium outside the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva this morning. Picture: ARIETA VAKASUKAWAQA

THE consequences of human activities on land can have a major impact on the health of our ocean, says UN Special Envoy for the Ocean Peter Thomson.

He made this statement at the Ocean-Climate Negotiators Symposium this morning while speaking at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva.

He said when water from the land flows to the sea, it carried plastic, run-off of agricultural fertilizers, toxins and untreated sewerage.

“And it is in the ocean this land-derived pollution will be carried by currents, tide, and wind to places most of us have never been, to beaches of remote islands, to the bottom of ocean trenches,” Mr Thomson said.

He reminded participants that the solutions would not come easy but it was everyone’s responsibility to address the issue of ocean health.

“We have brought a plastic plague upon our planet. Thankfully, humanity has woken up to this predicament and around the world, solutions are being developed to overcome it.

“There will be no single solution, and no easy solution but we have to set ourselves to the task.”

More than 20 delegates from across the world with expertise in ocean science and climate change are part of the symposium.

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