Greenpeace asks Ebrard to sign the Global Ocean Treaty

greenpeace asked the chancellor Marcelo ebrard that sign the Global Ocean Treaty to ensure that Mexico has the necessary mechanisms to preserve its marine biodiversity.

The organization projected various protest messages and a video at the Monument to the Revolution through which they urged Ebrard Casaubón to sign the document that will be discussed at the end of February at the United Nations (UN) headquarters In New York.

“Chancellor, what do you want your legacy to be? The decision to protect the oceans is in your hands.” “We need a Global Ocean Treaty now” or “Let’s protect the oceans, let’s protect life” were some of the messages projected on the monument.

Aim, ensure the protection of 30% of the oceans by 2030

The Fifth Intergovernmental Conference or IGC5 Bis will be the fifth time that member countries sit down to discuss the initiative, whose objective is guarantee the protection of 30% of the oceans before 2030, after the meeting held last August was unsuccessful.

“This process has been going on for nearly 10 years, in which an attempt has been made to create a legally binding instrument at a global level to guarantee the protection of marine ecosystems, and so far it has not been achieved,” he told EFE Ornela Garelli, representative of oceans of Greenpeace Mexico.

Garelli assured that the Mexican government, which has publicly been in favor of the document, “It has acted very slowly and without the ambition demanded by the ocean crisis.”

Mexico must act now

“Words are fine, but it is time to act and that words lead to the adoption of a treaty that is strong enough to achieve the objective,” he insisted.

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The activist appreciated that Mexico has a lot to improve in terms of the preservation of its marine ecosystemsince many preservation areas “only exist on paper” and few resources are allocated to the authorities in charge of ensuring that the protected areas are effective.

“It is necessary for the government not only to have the marine areas in existence, but to ensure that they work in practice,” he added.

Nations of Latin America and the Caribbean have received extractive industry pressures

In a statement, Greenpeace warned that in the time that the Treaty has been on the table, some countries in Latin America and the Caribbean have received pressures from extractive industries such as industrial fishing, due to his interest in continuing to exploit the oceans.

The importance of the oceans, argued the organization, lies in regulating global temperature and combating climate change, in addition to provide between 50% and 85% of the oxygen we breathe. (EFE)

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