8th June marks World Oceans Day, a time when people around the world join together in honour of our oceans.
Our rivers and oceans are our lifeblood – a resource that connects us all and provides us with
food, travel, trade, recreation, inspiration and beauty.
But climate change and pollution are threatening to destroy our marine environment.
Unless we take radical action, there will be more plastic than fish in our waters by 2050*.
Here at the University of Hull, we’re rising to the challenge and getting on with helping to solve some of these problems – working to protect the environment in which we live, and to create the futures we want for those we care about.
Imagining a world where there may be more plastic than fish in our waters by 2050 and no coral reef to explore, will not only mean a change to many of our bucket lists but will bring with it a different way of life.
Over the last 50 years, plastic has revolutionised the way we live and is now an essential part of our
lives. But today, we generate a staggering amount of plastic waste, with an estimated 10 million tonnes**
entering the oceans each year. We're polluting all corners of our greatest resource, with little regard for the impact on marine life and the ocean ecosystem.
Source: Ellen MacArthur Foundation and World Economic Forum
Source: National Environment Research Council.