#SaveOurOcean - Coastal Cleanup on Kingman Island

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    #SaveOurOcean Photo: Per Pixel Petersson

What do you do to #SaveOurOcean? Embassy of Sweden is participating in the #2017CleanUp and we are working with highlighting the importance of battling Climate Change through social media and different events.

The situation of the world's oceans is serious. Future generations and the worlds poorest will be hardest hit by the effects of climate change. Discarded plastic garbage could outweigh fish in the ocean by 2050 if nothing is done. Litter and micro plastics in oceans and marine food chains are spreading at a catastrophic pace. We urgently need to identify the pathways of pollution, from land to sea, and take necessary action.

Already back in 1972, at the first UN Conference on the Human Environment in Stockholm, pollution of the seas was recognized as a threat to human development. Today, the situation of the world's oceans is serious and the ocean is fundamentally changing because of CO2-emissions. It has become 30% more acidic.

Cooperation on the protection and sustainable use of the marine environment and its resources is consequently beneficial to both economic growth and the environment.
Together with Fiji, Sweden hosted the Ocean Conference in June in New York to support efforts to save the world’s oceans and achieve the Sustainable Development Goal on oceans, seas and marine resources – Goal 14 of the UN 2030 Agenda.

At the Embassy of Sweden we are continuing our engagement, this time through a campaign focusing on the current situation, how #Sweden contribute to reach Goal 14 and what we as individuals do in order to save our oceans.

As part of this campaign, our staff at the Embassy will participate in the Ocean Conservancy’s 32nd Intercostal Cleanup which takes place on Saturday, September 16th, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm at Kingman Island in Washington DC.
To join the international coastal cleanup in Washington DC, please register here!

Share what you do to #SaveOurOcean by using below hashtags:

Follow the campaign through our social media channels:
Instagram; swedeninusa
Twitter; SwedeninUSA

See our staff at the Embassy talking about different aspects of the importance of #ClimateAction:

Ambassador Karin Olofsdotter

Johanna Lindquist, Counselor Political Section & Emma Nilsson, Counselor Trade & Economic Affairs

Stefan Larsson, Naval Attaché & Assistant Defense Attaché

Eva Hunnius Ohlin, Advisor for Energy & Environment, Trade & Economic Affairs 

Ambassador Karin Olofsdotter & Göran Lithell, Minister Counselor Deputy Chief of Mission