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Ocean-cleanup festival to be held in Cancun

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Art, gastronomy and scientific events will take place during the festival too.

CANCÚN, Q. Roo. — More than 1,651 kilos of garbage have been collected from beaches and mangroves of Isla Contoy, Isla Blanca and Puerto Morelos over the last four editions of the Ocean Festival, where 668 volunteers participated to clean the areas. The fifth edition will be held from May 13 to June 15 this year.

The event will take place from May 13 to June 15. (Photo: Unión Cancún)

The purpose of the event is to generate environmental education and care for the oceans, for this reason, art, gastronomy and scientific outreach events are held among the event, and associations, companies and agencies have joined together to raise awareness of the threats and consequences that are causing damage to the planet, explained Rodrigo Constandse Córdova, head of the Delphinus initiative.

“Every year seven billion tons of fish are wasted due to overfishing and it is necessary to raise awareness … it is expected that over the next 10 years a million people will be added to our planet,” he said.

According to information from the Ocean Conservancy, by 2050 it is thought that there will be three kilos of plastic for one fish, which is alarming.

The road that has been taken is not the right one, in some parts of the planet people are marching asking for respect for science and public policies to decrease environmental damage.

In addition to cleaning the areas, the event will have photography samples, drawing competitions, street art interventions, and academic talks aiming to generate environmental education of the citizens.

“We have not had the answer we want, even though international experts are brought to the talks, because we have not managed to reach more than 300 people,” explained Constandse Córdova.

On June 8, there will be a series of lectures on climate change, overfishing, invasion of exotic species and contamination by solid waste, and among the speakers will be Alberto Tinoco Guadarrama, creator of the series Por el Planeta.

Source: http://sipse.com/

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