Back to Blue, a new initiative from the Economist Group and the Nippon Foundation, has launched at the annual World Ocean Summit. With an initial focus on ocean pollution, the three-year collaboration is a response to the escalating challenges posed by plastic pollution and, less visibly, pollution from nutrients and chemical contaminants that are damaging ocean life and ecosystems and, in turn, human health. The program, now under development, has been supported by findings from a Back to Blue global survey, which place plastic pollution (59.6 percent of respondents) and chemical pollution (39.1 percent) as the top two concerns, followed by climate change (31.1 percent).
The Back to Blue initiative brings together two organizations that share a common understanding of the need for evidence-based approaches and solutions to the pressing issues faced by the ocean.
Source: Seabed 2030