Every year, a minimum of 8 million metric tons of plastic enter the ocean — and if nothing changes, there will be more plastic than fish in the sea by 2050. Worldwide, people rely on the oceans for food, jobs, and economic development.
In 2015, world leaders agreed to 17 Global Goals — to end extreme poverty, tackle inequality, and halt climate change by 2030. Global Goal 14: Life Under Water states the need to prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, by 2025 — in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution.
On 26 September, the World Bank Group announced the creation of PROBLUE, a new multi-donor trust fund that will support healthy and productive oceans by tackling marine pollution.
About USD $75 million has been committed so far to the PROBLUE fund, with donors including Norway, Canada, Germany, Sweden, Iceland, and the European Commission. And at the Global Citizen Festival in New York, the Prime Minister of Norway and Co-Chair of the SDG Advocates Erna Solberg stated that ocean pollution does not respect borders and that we can only solve this vast problem when countries work together.
For the fund to be successful, we need additional countries to sign on. Call on Australia and New Zealand to pledge money to the PROBLUE fund and #UnplasticthePlanet.