The presence of a sculpture of a whale wrapped in plastic and garbage emerging from the asphalt of the United Nations courtyard, in New York, surprised passersby. The idea: to raise awareness about the urgency of protecting the oceans.
The work is life-size and was created by the artist Paolo Iacoangeli and installed at the initiative of the NGO Greenpeace in the courtyard of the UN in NY.
The image emulates a whale struggling to free itself from plastic debris and other debris present in the ocean, its natural habitat.
The Greenpeace idea appeals to sensitize the population and members of the 193 UN countries that are working these days in the preparation of an ambitious treaty that protects the biodiversity of the oceans.
"We see a whale as if it is drowning in plastic garbage", defines the work Sandra Schöttner member of Greenpeace.
Presence of plastic
Schöttner, who is participating in the negotiations on the ocean treaty, which will conclude on August 30, insists that one of the worst problems on the planet is plastic pollution.
“We are consuming too much plastic, wrapping and packaging too much plastic. We dump too much plastic that ends up in the oceans and whales and turtles get entangled, swallow plastic trash and die. It is a big problem, not only for animals, but also for humans, because plastics end up on our plates ", is expressed.
Greenpeace calls for 30% of the oceans to be declared marine sanctuaries by 2030, free from human influence. To thus generate "safe havens " in which marine life can retreat, regain its strength and become more resilient against the climate crisis and the human actions that threaten it.
Degradation of the oceans
From plastic trash to overfishing to deep-sea mining, Schöttner warns that the world is running out of time to prevent irreversible ocean degradation.
“There is a great connection between marine life and the oceans and the human species on land. We need the oceans, what people normally don't know is that more than 50% of the oxygen in our atmosphere, the oxygen we breathe, comes from the ocean ", He says.
The UN intends that by mid-2020 this treaty can be approved, which aims to become a “legally binding instrument on the sustainable use and conservation of marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction”, as pointed out last 19 August, the president of the meetings, the United Nations diplomat, Rena Lee.
For Schöttner there is no time to lose: “We need to do something now and this is a historic opportunity to adopt a strong deal for the oceans. We don't want to waste any more time; going beyond 2020 is not an option for us ”.
"Without oceans, without the blue of our planet, we would not be able to live", warns the activist.