While tara is on her way to the Asia-Pacific region, the team on land of the Tara Expeditions Foundation has pursued its action to promote awareness and engage the general public and decision makers during the 2016 world oceans day.
After giving the Ocean a voice during the COP21 and supporting the Paris Agreement on the importance of the Ocean in climate change, the Tara Expeditions Foundation and its partners reminded the scale of projects to preserve coastal and marine ecosystems and strive towards sustainable development. The projects are vast.
Six months ahead of the next climate conference (COP22), to be held in Marrakesh, Tara’s mobilization alongside the Ocean & Climate Platform continues. On June 8, at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission and the Ocean & Climate Platform organized a day of conferences for the 3 rd consecutive year. The Tara team started the day with animations and an Open Campus for students on plastic at sea and climate. Later on, lectures open to the public focused on ocean and climate issues. June 8 is also the anniversary of the creation of the Ocean & Climate Platform which has been giving the Ocean a voice during international climate negotiations for the past 2 years. Tara Expeditions Foundation and Surfrider Foundation Europe attended this event.
To celebrate World Oceans Day, the Tara Expeditions Foundation collaborated with the French fund for global environment (Fonds Français pour l’Environnement Mondial – FFEM) to organize a scientific conference and an exhibition entitled “The ocean, regulator of climate” at the Domaine du Rayol (Var). This event was coordinated in partnership with the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and the Ocean & Climate Platform and accredited by the UNESCO Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission. Objective: highlight the essential role of coastal and marine ecosystems in the climate machine and promote scientific research on Ocean and Climate relationships, by connecting the scientific world, civil society and involved institutions. On this special day, the call for micro-initiatives to address plastic pollution in the Mediterranean Basin (BEMED) was also launched.
On Mediterranean beaches, in collaboration with Oceans by Disney, Tara organizers met with 300 children involved in beach clean-up campaigns. Where does plastic at sea come from? Where does it go? What does it become? What can be done ashore – on the coastline and inland – to prevent plastics from reaching the ocean? On June 8, the awareness-raising effort was addressed to us all.
Beyond the World Oceans Day, mobilization for the Tara Expeditions Foundation continues. Governance of the high seas, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), effective implementation of the ban on plastic bags, etc. These are extensive projects to consolidate recent progress.