Thiruvananthapuram, April 10: With an aim to raise awareness on marine pollution and global warming an underwater conference was held in the Arabian Sea, today. CEOs of five IT firms pledged to protect the ocean and marine life through the underwater conference near the famous Groove beach resort of Kovalam.The meeting held discussions on various issues such as the adverse human impact on oceans, overfishing, pollution, habitat destruction, acidification and climate change. The conference also took a pledge to ‘protect the ocean and marine life’ and also drew up a plan for a long-term and sustainable itinerary for the campaign. They will also join hands to reduce marine debris by the constant routine beach and underwater cleaning. The organizers have also informed that a club will be launched on June 8 which is World Oceans Day.After signing a memorandum to protect the ocean and the marine life they released a logo as part of their “ocean love” campaign. For this underwater conference, the CEOs have been training for the past week.
The underwater conference was held in the wake of a recent global report that termed seas near Mumbai, Kerala and Andaman and the Nicobar Islands as the most polluted in the world. The report also said most of the plastic and other debris in the sea originate from inland. Besides affecting marine biodiversity, pollution poses a big threat to people who live close to the sea, said the report prepared by three eminent world bodies.
According to a recent report of the World Economic Forum at least 12.7 metric tonne of plastic end up in the sea each year and by 2050 there could be more plastic in the sea than fish. “Sea pollution is rising at an alarming level. Our endeavor is to make the public aware of the dangers posed by littering especially the unscientific disposal of plastic,” said Raja Gopaal Iyer, CEO of Uday Samudra Group, one of the main organizers of the event.
Iyer said on World Ocean Day on June 8, a club will be launched Beach and Marine Environment Protection Club, roping in many hotels on the beach stretching from Kanyakumari to Kasargode. “At least 40 hotels have joined the club. We will regularly clean beaches and riverfronts to ensure that litter won’t enter seas. After gauging its success the club will cover the entire coastal belt of the country.