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Prince Charles addresses plastic pollution problem

There has been a lot of recent awareness campaigns particularly in the British media regarding ocean pollution and this week, Prince Charles has added to this campaign and called for urgent action to be taken.

At the 'Our Ocean' conference in Malta this week, Prince Charles addressed the shocking statistics that we are all too familiar with and the changes that have to be made to save our oceans, and indeed the planet, from plastic pollution.

He stated that "the 8 million tonnes of plastic that enter the sea every year, through our own doing, is now almost ubiquitous...Wherever you swim there are particles of plastic near you, and we are very close to reaching the point when whatever wild caught fish you eat, will contain plastic."

Prince Charles is clearly, and has been, incredibly passionate about this issue along with the conservation of our rainforests and drew attention to the sustainable solution to this problem. "Faced with such damaging effects on the ocean from plastic waste, from the throw-away convenience lifestyles of many around the world. It is utterly crucial that we transition to a circular economy...[that] allows plastic along with many other substances to be recovered, recycled and reused instead of...thrown away."

He went on to highlight that, "this economic approach has to be a critical part of establishing a more harmonious relationship between humankind and the ocean that sustains us all."

This was broadcast live on Sky's pop up channel, Sky Ocean Rescue, who have been pioneers of the recent campaign to make people in the UK and around the world more aware about the amount of plastic that is contaminating our oceans. Through this initiative, they explored the different ways people can help to make a difference and inspiring them to take action in order to protect the planetIn this way, the British public were encouraged to become #OceanHeroes.

Sky also announced this week that it would remove all single-use plastic products from its operations and supply chains by 2020. The company will also invest £25m in a fund for startups and other businesses working on technology to solve the plastic problem. Hopefully, this will set the trend for other businesses and organisations to support these initiatives and do their bit to stop plastic polluting our oceans.

Slowly but surely, awareness about the plastic pollution problem is being circulated across the globe and is now high on the agenda. This is the first step to make people aware that this problem is not going to just sort itself out so initiatives in different parts of the world are being put in place to make this happen.

At the conference, the EU also announced plans to devote more than €550m to protecting the health of oceans, with more than 30 initiatives including efforts to combat piracy and illegal fishing, a satellite monitoring system, and a new plastics strategy for the bloc.

Other high profile commentators and experts have also shown their support for these initiatives amidst the severity of this problem. David Attenborough, for one, expressed his shock and heartbreak at the devastation plastic pollution has caused to marine animals and birds, with particular reference to a mother albatross feeding her chicks plastic mistaking it for food.

With the concern for the oceans also high on our agenda, Water-to-Go are pleased to be supporting Incredible Oceans at the World Travel Market in November. This will be a fantastic opportunity for us to reach out to travellers, travel companies and businesses who are looking for sustainable travel solutions for them and their clients as there is increased concern about the amount of plastic we consume.

Find out more about there event on their website: http://london.wtm.com/

It is vital that we stop certain behaviours in using single-use plastic and find sustainable solutions to save our planet. Water-to-Go is one of those solutions.

Keep up to date with the Water-to-Go journey on our website and on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn).

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