By Minerva Newman
CEBU CITY – Provincial tourism and environment officials joined city executives and civil society leaders in signing a declaration for a plastic-free Cebu.
The signing was made aboard the Rainbow Warrior, the flagship of the environmental crusading organization Greenpeace.
The Rainbow Warrior docked at Cebu Port last Wednesday for a global campaign against plastic pollution. It sails for Europe today, Saturday.
Greenpeace Southeast Asia-PHL Campaigner Avigail Aguilar told Manila Bulletin Cebu is the second leg in the group’s advocacy tour.
It is calling on multi-national corporations to reduce the use of plastic packaging and to find an alternative packaging system to eliminate plastics.
“We are cruising seas and oceans to clean our planet from plastics. Some scientists say in less than 20 years there will be more plastics than fish in the oceans and that 90 percent of plastic thrown in waters turn microscopic,” said Greenpeace Captain Pete Wilcox in a press conference Wednesday.
Aguilar said Cebu university students who toured the Rainbow Warrior interacted with global environmental warriors on how they can help in the “No Plastic Campaign.”
The Declaration for a Cebu Free of Single-Use Plastic is a welcome initiative from the Cebuanos, hopefully, to lead other regions in the Visayas to break free from single-use plastics, Aguilar added.
“Cebu will adopt measures that aim to reduce the use of recyclable materials, replace disposable materials and products with reusable ones, reduce packaging and increase the efficiency in the use of paper, cardboard, glass, metal and other materials,” a portion of the Cebu Declaration read.
Beau Baconguis of Break Free from Plastic movement said most of the branded single-use plastics are produced by global corporations in Europe and America.