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Porto launches the biggest beach clean-up ever on World Oceans Day

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Porto will mark World Oceans Day with probably the biggest beach clean-up in the city's beaches. Applications are open for all volunteers that wish to play a concrete role in fighting marine litter.

World Oceans Day takes place every 8 June and this June at 10am the Águas do Porto and the Sealife jointly organise this initiative to raise awareness about one of the greatest threats confronting our ocean - marine litter and the endangerment of marine flora and fauna.

The motto of this initiative on 8 June at the Invicta is: "This is not only about collecting litter; we want to change attitudes and that change begins within every individual".

The inspiration for a global oceans day was originally proposed in 1992 by Canada's International Centre for Ocean Development (ICOD) and the Ocean Institute of Canada (OIC), with the aim of moving the oceans from the sidelines to the centre of the intergovernmental and NGO discussions and policy and to strengthen the voice of ocean and coastal constituencies worldwide.

Every year millions of tons of trash end up in the ocean. It is estimated that by 2050 there could be more plastic than fish in its waters.

Marine litter is a global challenge and action is needed now so that there is a clean and productive ocean both for present and future generations.

Mark this challenge in your agenda!
Click here for applications!