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What do we know about the oceans? We know they cover 70% of the Earth’s surface and that we all depend on the seas’ wealth to survive. We know that over millions of years they have provided food for us and been the means of creating trade routes and communicating with other cultures. They are the key to global environmental balance, however, our knowledge of them is only 5% compared to that of land ecosystems.

Despite our debt to the oceans, we, humans, are their greatest enemy. In fact, the plastic we produce is the main cause of irreparable damage to the seas:

  • Each year, 13 million tonnes of plastic end up in our oceans, harming biodiversity, fishing and tourism(1).
  • Plastic pollution in the oceans is costing the lives of one million marine birds and 100,000 marine mammals every year(1).
  • It directly affects human health through exposure to chemical products in the food chain(1) (2).

For these reasons, and as part of World Oceans Day on 8 June, Iberostar is again holding fun educational activities at its hotels throughout the world, to raise awareness about the importance of looking after our oceans.

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This initiative is just a small part of the Wave of Change movement launched by the company, which focuses on:

  • Elimination of plastics
  • Promoting responsible fish consumption
  • Improving coastal health

Iberostar invites you to join us, take action and make changes in your daily life that benefit the environment. Please help us spread this message to raise awareness.

Don’t leave it until tomorrow, ACT NOW!

Sources:

(1) The State of Plastics 2018, UN Environment Programme

(2) Plastic & Health: The Hidden Costs of a Plastic Planet, 2019, by the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL), Earthworks, Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA), Healthy Babies Bright Futures (HBBF), IPEN, Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services (t.e.j.a.s.), University of Exeter and UPSTREAM.  International report jointly led by the Barcelona Global Health Institute (ISGlobal), an initiative of “la Caixa” Foundation, and the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM).