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Commonwealth to pledge to tackle marine litter


The Commonwealth is to introduce a series of measures to fight the rising tide of plastic pollution in the world’s oceans.

Theresa May announced the pledge ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in London next week.

She is due to call on all of the 52 leaders present to sign up to the Commonwealth Clean Oceans Alliance – a strategy to help developing Commonwealth nations research and improve and waste management.

Four Commonwealth countries have already joined the UK in the alliance – New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Vanuatu and Ghana.

Downing Street said £25 million will be used to help researchers investigate the issue of marine plastic from a scientific, economic and social perspective.

A further £20 million will be used to curb plastic and other environmental pollution generated by manufacturing in developing countries and prevent it entering the oceans.

Another £16.4 million will be devoted to improving waste management in Britain to stop plastics entering the water.

The British prime minister said: ‘This week we will look closely at how we can tackle the many threats to the health of the world’s oceans, including the scourge of marine plastic pollution, the Prime Minister said ahead of the summit.

‘As one of the most significant environmental challenges facing the world today it is vital that we tackle this issue, so that future generations can enjoy a natural environment that is healthier than we currently find it.

‘The public has shown passion and energy in the fight against plastic waste, and I believe the Commonwealth is uniquely placed to further this transformative action.

‘It is a unique organisation with the strength and the commitment to make a difference.’

She added: “If we stand together, we have the opportunity to send not only a powerful message to the world, but also to effect real change.”

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