August 12, 2020

The COP Azul opens a space to the ocean in Madrid

The governments of Spain and Chile have endorsed on Tuesday their commitment to the conservation of the oceans – capable of regulating 90 percent of the excess temperature caused by global warming – within the framework of the Madrid Climate Summit (COP25), called COP Blue.

Both countries have presented today at the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum the report Ocean for Climate, prepared by the initiative 'Because the Ocean', an x-ray of the situation of the ocean that poses measures for the countries that sign the Agreement from Paris increase ambition.

The Minister of Science and Technology of Chile, Andrés Couve, thanked "Spain and all its people" on behalf of the president, Sebastián Piñera, the decision to "rescue" the COP25 after Chile had to resign his organization for the internal disturbances in the country.

"It has been a record organization with tremendous trade and quality by the Spanish Government," said Couve, who has stressed the work of the Prince Albert Foundation of Monaco in the conservation of the ocean and its projection at the COP Blue of Madrid.

The acting minister for the Ecological Transition, Teresa Ribera, recalled the "wake-up call" that was made evident in previous conferences on the climate about the situation of the ocean and its positive influence on the climate.

"This report not only collects problems, it also offers solutions and initiatives to act and protect the ocean, because that also protects biodiversity, fisheries and the entire marine world," said the minister, who has urged to "go beyond "in its protection with the help of technology.

The minister, who stressed that in this Blue COP, the first of the ocean, Spain and Chile are involved, has stressed that "there is only one ocean, one planet and one human species and we have to be leaders in preserving it to avoid the black flags and replace them with the green ones. "

Before the event, both ministers, accompanied by Prince Albert of Monaco, the incumbent of Culture and Sports, José Guirao, and the president of the TBA21 Foundation, Francesca Thyssen-Bornemisza, have inaugurated the work of artist John Gerrard 'Western Flag ', which shows a flag that emits rows of black (virtual) smoke, a symbol of a voracious society.

The 'Because the Ocean' initiative, author of the report, is coordinated by French activist Rémi Parmentier and consists of 39 countries totaling 68,965,000 square kilometers (20 106,976 nautical miles), which is equivalent to the territories of the Americas, Europe and Russia together.

The Ocean for Climate report proposes the protection of coastal ecosystems that serve carbon sequestration, the development of renewable energies using, among other elements, waves and the adaptation and search for resilient solutions for populations and the most vulnerable coastal ecosystems .

Likewise, the implementation of hybrid solutions based on adaptation and mitigation in fisheries and aquaculture, and the search for solutions to the problems of the fishing sector.

The acting Minister of Culture and Sports, José Guirao, has stressed that the activities organized by his department, in which the Prado Museum, the National Library and the Reina Sofía Museum have been involved, intend to "endorse the commitment of culture with the fight against climate change. "

He has announced the adoption of measures to reduce pollution generated by cultural and sports activity and recalled that, although the situation of the oceans by human activity "is a global problem", things "can change if we act diligently and determinedly ".

Prince Albert of Monaco has stressed that emissions data published by recent reports "should lead us to reflect and work to convince us of our commitment to fight against the climatic emergency."

"We have to hurry to remedy the current situation and stop the circle of destruction, with the participation of science, technology, industry and social mobilization," he said.

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