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PH joins the worldwide fight against marine plastic pollution.

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine government has joined the global appeal for action to address the vast amount of plastic garbage that continues to contaminate the oceans.

“The sea is a source of livelihood and life for many Filipinos, and for all Filipinos as a nation, it is our definition. We are a water-loving people, a marine and archipelagic nation, with more than half of our population living and working in coastal areas “On the occasion of World Oceans Day on June 8, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. stated.

“The fear of the oceans and their limits being lost isn’t just existential in the broad sense; it’s a day-to-day problem that spells out how much of a good life is even feasible,” he continued.

Locsin underlined Manila’s commitment to Sustainable Development Goal No. 14, which aimed to safeguard marine biodiversity, in his letter.

“The oceans, seas, and marine resources must be conserved and used responsibly, according to SDG 14. To that aim, we must put an end to the plague of marine plastic pollution and safeguard marine biodiversity, particularly in areas outside of national jurisdiction “he stated

Despite the “extraordinary, hardly understood challenges” to the ocean posed by climate change and global warming, the top diplomat acknowledged that concerted action for the ocean is needed now more than ever.

Apart from microplastics and poorly managed coastal development, regional tensions, according to Locsin, have a negative impact on the world’s oceans, with artificial island-building and drilling activities destroying coral reefs and “pushing marine ecosystems to the brink.”

The ocean spans more than 70% of the earth’s surface and produces at least 50% of the planet’s oxygen.

According to the United Nations, 90 percent of large fish populations have been decimated, and at least half of coral reefs have been lost.

“We must collaborate to achieve a new equilibrium with the ocean that does not drain its abundance but rather restores its vibrancy and gives it new life,” the worldwide group stated.

This year’s World Oceans Day theme is “Revitalization: Collective Action for the Ocean.”

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