Saving Pristine Shores for Future Generations

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Aired: February 10, 2021 (UTC)


The Sea of Japan coastline features landscapes from ancient times. But it’s now facing the threat of marine plastic litter.

There’s currently an estimated 150 million tons of litter in the world’s oceans, with 8 million tons added every year. If the trend continues, it’s said that there’ll be more plastic litter than fish by 2050.

To stem the tide, the “Osaka Blue Ocean Vision” which aims to reduce additional pollution by marine plastic litter to zero by 2050, was shared at the G20 Osaka Summit held in June 2019. The innovative approach proposed by Japan was also addressed at the G20 Riyadh Summit held in November 2020.

This program is a sequel to “Saving Pristine Shores from Ocean Waste,” which aired in June 2020, and features coastal areas along the Sea of Japan, such as Goto City in Nagasaki Prefecture, Tsuruga City in Fukui Prefecture, and Hakui City in Ishikawa Prefecture.

In addition to the local sights and cultures, it introduces the efforts of the local residents, both old and young, who are striving to save their pristine shores from ocean waste.


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