Taipei, June 28 (CNA) Seven native environmental teams held ocean cleanup occasions throughout northern and central Taiwan just lately to boost marine conservation consciousness and encourage public participation within the drafting of associated legal guidelines, in keeping with worldwide environmental group Greenpeace on Tuesday.
The occasions held on June 26 — co-organized by Greenpeace and its companions akin to Common Volunteer, Sea Turtle Do not Cry and Hiin studio — attracted the participation of 205 individuals who collectively collected about 1 metric ton of ocean particles, it stated.
Within the cleanup, which stretched from the shoreline of New Taipei and Taoyuan to Miaoli County, greater than half of the particles got here from discarded fishing gear like nets, buoys and cages, whereas there was additionally a major quantity of artificial waste that ought to not have been discovered on a seaside, stated Greenpeace.
As well as, the presence of many disposable gadgets reveals the necessity for the diminished use of plastics, stated the Sea Turtle Do not Cry group, which known as on the federal government to speed up associated laws to raised defend Taiwan’s marine ecosystems.
It’s hoped that these occasions can assist draw consideration to the progress of the “marine conservation act” in Taiwan, Greenpeace stated, including that it launched a petition on-line on Might 27 to hurry up associated efforts.
The petition, on the Public Coverage On-line Participation Platform, urges the Cupboard to finish its assessment of the draft act, which was submitted by the Ocean Affairs Council in July, 2020, by the tip of this yr, so it may be handed on to lawmakers.
On the platform, which permits residents and everlasting residents to make coverage ideas to the federal government, Greenpeace additionally requested the Cupboard to make sure the act highlights useful resource integration and plans to deal with local weather change.
As well as, the act should additionally guarantee the federal government’s environmental surveillance knowledge are clear and accessible to the general public, whereas introducing stricter regulation enforcement to extra successfully curb and punish violations, in keeping with the petition.
As of Tuesday afternoon the petition had collected practically 2,000 signatures — nonetheless underneath the brink of 5,000 signatures required in 60 days, or by July 29, at which level the federal government is required to reply.