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Guatemala joins the Clean Seas campaign and steps up efforts to beat plastic pollution

16 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean have signed up to the United Nations-led campaign to drastically reduce plastic pollution in the oceans. Guatemala pledged to increase the…

Want to turn the tide on plastic in sport? The Volvo Ocean Race shows how

It’s already billed as one of the world’s most challenging competitions, but this year the organizers of the Volvo Ocean Race added an extra dimension to the gruelling 45,000-nautical mile journey—…

Young Champions help stem marine plastic

On 26 September, UN Environment awarded the 2018 Champions and Young Champions of the Earth Awards. Two of the Young Champions, Miranda Wang and Miao Wang, are intervening to prevent marine plastic…

Flamboyant Flipflopi dhow seeks sea change in how we view plastic

Ben Morison’s epiphany came early one morning as he set out for a swim on Kenya’s Indian Ocean coast. The Kenyan tour operator counted 13 pieces of plastic, including bottles and flip flops, as he…

India sets pace in global race to beat plastic pollution

05 June 2018, New Delhi –India went big in their commitment to Beat Plastic Pollution today, with an announcement to eliminate all single-use plastic in the country by 2022. This unprecedented…

Swimming with a purpose

Glowsticks, jellyfish, vomit and a whole lot of swimming. Those are just some of the ingredients in endurance swimmer and UN Environment Patron of the Oceans Lewis Pugh’s latest effort to raise…

Latin America wakes up to the problem of plastic straws

Straws seem harmless: slim, measuring no more than 20 centimeters, they adorn cocktails, juices and soft drinks. But they are also among the top ten plastic items littering our oceans and coasts.…

Xiamen Marathon runs towards plastic-free future with #CleanSeas

The Xiamen Marathon, seeing 35,000 runners every year, is implementing a plastic plan that will reduce plastic waste by 50 percent. It is the first international marathon in the world to officially…

Lewis Pugh completes epic "protest swim" along English Channel with urgent plea to save our seas

At the end of a brutal, record-breaking swim along the length of the English Channel, Lewis Pugh slapped his hand down on Dover's harbour wall before punching the air and hauling his battered body…