NAMEPA took on the issue of marine debris 10 years ago as a way to reach and educate the public to “Save our Seas”. More recently, we helped promote the idea of reducing the use of straws. How does this affect the maritime industry? As the public awareness and advocacy of environmental issues grows, they will be looking at industry’s that do not seem to be reducing their impact on the environment. It is important that shipping be seen as proactive in this regard, or the “power of the public” will turn to us.
Each year, April 22nd is a reminder of the responsibility we have to be stewards of the planet on which we live. Earth Day reminds us of the environmental issues that may not always be at the forefront of all conversations. But how did it start? And who do we have to thank for bringing environmental issues into the national spotlight?