This #BeatPlasticPollution has birthed a landmark partnership between World Sailing, UN Environment, and IOC (International Olympic Committee). World Sailing made this move in line with achieving her 2030 Sustainability Agenda. In this landmark partnership, a memorandum of understanding was signed to join efforts to improve World Sailing’s environmental impact, support the UN Environment’s Clean Seas campaign and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
The landmark partnership announcement was made on June 5, 2018, World Environment Day, at the Volvo Ocean Race Summit in Cardiff, Great Britain. The Sustainability Program Manager of World Sailing, Dan Reading said, “We are thrilled that the IOC is calling on sport to join forces in reducing marine litter. As sailors, we see the problem first hand in our Oceans but all sports have a part to play and we have already seen how single-use plastic can be successfully eliminated from a sailing event.”
“Today, we are especially pleased to announce our Clean Seas pledge with World Sailing so we can unite sport to beat pollution and make an active contribution to society and the environment,” added Julie Duffus, Sustainability Manager at the International Olympic Committee (IOC) at the same event. In this commitment, this landmark partnership will increase global awareness of the impact of marine litter and devise means of bridging the gaps in waste management infrastructure.
After a series of consultations with the global sailing community where it was established that plastic pollution is a key concern that requires immediate intervention amongst sailors, the expert Sustainability Commission under the leadership of Mike Golding OBE, a famous renowned offshore sailor, the World Sailing’s Sustainability Agenda 2030 was formulated early May 2018. Some of the solutions include;
- Work with 145 Member National Authorities eliminate single-use plastic at World Sailing events by 2019.
- Work with partners in the marine industry to identify and find alternative solutions to single-use plastic where it is used in the sport.
- Create resources for members to train the next generation of sailors, highlighting plastic pollution.
World Sailing’s Sustainability Agenda 2030 details 56 targets across a range of issues which support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. We need Mother Nature more than she needs us! So, let’s be wise and beat plastic pollution. #Rewordit.