Tanzania urges more action to protect the Indian Ocean from plastic pollution

DAR ES SALAAM (Xinhua), June 5 – On Wednesday, Tanzanian Vice-President Philip Mpango called for concerted effort to protect the Indian Ocean from plastic pollution.

Mpango, Tanzania’s capital, said that plastic pollution has polluted the waters of the Indian Ocean and the beaches in Tanzania. This is a threat to marine resources.

He said that experts around the world have predicted by 2050 there will be more waste in the oceans than fishing resources. He called for greater efforts to protect the sea, including the introduction of more policies and raising people’s awareness.

Mpango said that the plastics dumped in the oceans create poisons which are harmful to marine resources as well as humankind.

World Environment Day, celebrated every year on June 5, encourages awareness and action for protecting the environment. The theme for World Environment Day this year is “Land Restoration, Desertification and Drought Resilience.”

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