From a successful TV series to a commitment to denounce the fragility of marine ecosystems. Tomorrow the expedition of Greenpeace Italy “The sea is involved”, for document the biodiversity and fragility of our seas, and denounce the growing impacts of the climate crisis and plastic pollution. The environmental association urgently requests theestablishing an effective network of marine protected areas covering 30% of our seas by 2030. With a video also different actresses and actors of the famous TV series “Mare Fuori” they wanted to support the Greenpeace expedition, joining the call to protect the Mediterranean.
“Our seas play a key role in climate change mitigation, oxygen production and our livelihoods. Yet there are those who, without scruples, pollute and exploit them in an unsustainable way», he declares Joseph Hungarian, responsible for the Pollution campaign of Greenpeace Italy. «Plastic and microplastics, contaminants, destructive fishing, climate change and mining activities put at risk the unique and extraordinary biodiversity that populates the Mediterranean. Effective protective measures are needed: a commitment formally already made by Italy that needs to be implemented immediately».
The expedition "C'è di mezzo il mare" provides over a month of activity (from 30 May to 8 July) in four Italian regions (Tuscany, Campania, Lazio, Sicily) and in Corsica with two boats. Four Greenpeace Villages will also be organized on different weekends with information moments and other initiatives aimed at citizens. These are some of the numbers of this new edition of the expedition in defense of the seas promoted by Greenpeace Italy which will touch many areas of high biological and ecological value of the Tyrrhenian Sea.
From the Argentario to the islands of the Tuscan archipelago, from the Pontine Islands to Ischia, up to areas strongly impacted by human activities such as the mouth of the Volturno. The expedition will be attended by researchers from the Institute for the Study of Anthropic Impacts and Sustainability in the Marine Environment (IAS) of the National Research Council of Rome, specialized in monitoring the impact of waste on the seabed, and Oceanomare Delphis, experts in monitoring and conservation of Mediterranean cetaceans. In addition to the activities at sea, Greenpeace has organized a series of events in some locations and islands of the Tyrrhenian coast affected by the expedition, including Capraia, San Felice Circeo, Salerno, Ischia and Marina di Pisa.
Among the many initiatives scheduled at sea and on land, the cleaning of beaches and the removal of fishing nets are foreseen from the seabed to San Felice Circeo (LT), the monitoring of underwater canyons to the Pontine Islands and the presence of waste on the seabed in Ischia. One more conference on the risks of deep sea mining in Marina di Pisa and the installation of submarine thermometers in Milazzo (ME) as part of the "Mare Caldo" project.
Always in defense of the sea, following the agreement on the Global Treaty on the Oceans reached in recent months under the aegis of the United Nations, Greenpeace launches a new petition: an appeal addressed to the ministers of the Environment and Energy Security and for Civil Protection and Marine Policies to ask for a rapid process of ratification of the Treaty and accelerate the establishment of an effective network of protected areas that will protect 30% of the seas by 2030. A commitment, the latter, already taken by Italy and the European Union and confirmed by the COP15 of the Biodiversity Convention last December, which now requires to be implemented.