Water gives life, but it also destroys.
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All of the conference participants demanded better resource management and waste prevention as well as a significant reduction of the use of plastic. In addition, they submitted more than 1,300 voluntary commitments to specific, measurable activities.
The biggest challenge is posed by time. Plastic is generally used only once but lasts for all eternity. As a result, the world’s oceans might contain more plastic than fish in 2050. That’s why immediate and rigorous action is needed with regard to plastic in particular.
The conference could be a game changer, but only if concrete measures are taken and everyone contributes. Governments need to draw up clear action plans, private businesses have to implement mandatory reduction plans, and everyone can do their bit by producing less waste.
is the President of the non-governmental organization Oceancare. She was a special envoy at the first United Nations Ocean Conference, which was held in New York from June 5 to 9, 2017.
March is World Water Day, which was formally proposed in Agenda 21 of the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro and accepted by the United Nations General Assembly in a resolution passed on December 22, 1992
The second St. Marcellus flood on the North Sea coast in 1362
In just two days, the storm tide swept away entire villages.
Disastrous flooding on the Yellow River (China) in 1887
This catastrophic flood is estimated to have killed between 900,000 and two million people.
Disastrous flooding on the Yangtze (China) in 1931
Several waves of floods killed more than one million people.
Cyclone and storm surge in East Pakistan in 1970
The disaster killed between 300,000 and 500,000 people.
Tsunami in Southeast Asia in 2004
Around 230,000 dead in Indonesia, Thailand, and many other countries.