Ambassadors from 12 European Union countries cleaned up microplastic on one of the most iconic beaches on the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador on Friday.
The initiative is part of the European Union’s global campaign to warn the world’s population about single-use plastic ending up in the ocean. The bloc’s ambassador to Ecuador, Charles-Michel Geurts, said it was part of an international initiative.
Local youths joined diplomats and local officials in the clean -up operation.
The EU delegation includes the ambassadors of Germany, France, Italy, Hungary, Romania, the Czech Republic, Finland, Austria, the Netherlands, Denmark and Spain. Ecuador’s Environment Minister Gustavo Manrique also took part.
French Ambassador Frédéric Desagneaux said the event highlighted their commitment as Ecuador’s partners in fighting pollution, and to show that preserving nature is a global responsibility.
The Galapagos Islands, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean and 1,000 kilometers from mainland Ecuador, were declared a World Heritage Site in 1978 for their unique animal and plant species. This location became the basis for the British scientist Charles Darwin to develop his theory of the evolution of species. [ka/rs]