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PRESIDENT Hage Geingob has rallied world leaders to intensify their efforts to combat plastic pollution and coastal erosion to avoid an unprecedented global environmental catastrophe.

Currently, plastic debris is the most abundant type of litter in the ocean, making up 80% of all marine debris found from surface waters to deep-sea sediments.

READ: Statement by President Hage Geingob at the #OneOceanSummit

Oceans cover more than 70% of the planet’s surface, and scientists estimate that more than 50% of the oxygen production on earth are from it.

If discarded improperly, plastic waste can harm the environment and biodiversity.

Geingob recently spoke at a discussion on ocean protection at the first edition of the One Ocean Summit in Brest, in France.

He said the sustainable governance of oceans as a shared public good is crucial for the progress and prosperity of mankind.

Therefore, the president said, world leaders need to do more to respond to the impact of climate change.

“We cannot continue talking about threats to the ocean in an abstract way or to offer one-dimensional solutions that could hinder the implementation of the recommendations from climate change experts,” he said.

The One Ocean Summit was organised to raise global awareness on marine issues and to translate shared responsibility to the ocean into tangible commitments.

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