Sky News:- Prince Charles has praised heightened efforts to tackle a “global plastics plague” at a major environment summit in Cardiff.
In a pre-recorded message, the Prince of Wales singled out the Sky Ocean Rescue campaign – which has a large presence at the summit – for its work in raising awareness of plastic pollution in our seas, which he said had reached “a crisis point”.
While pleased to have witnessed some recent “decisive action” by the likes of Team Sky – who will wear special jerseys to raise awareness at the Tour de France – and the Premier League – which has teamed up with Sky to urge clubs and fans to stop using single-use plastic – the royal said there was much still to do.
“We simply must maintain that level of pressure if we are going to turn the tide on plastic,” said Charles, who earlier this year met Sky Ocean Rescue mascot Plasticus the whale.
“It is not just those of us who have an affinity with the sea, but all of us who inhabit this planet who must surely share your concerns over how we have reached this crisis point.
“We simply cannot allow the current rate of degradation of our oceans to continue.”
The phrase “turn the tide on plastic” was in reference to a boat taking part in the Volvo Ocean Race, which has stopped off in Cardiff ahead of the penultimate leg of the 45,000 nautical mile route.
Skippered by Dee Caffari, the first woman to have sailed single-handedly and non-stop around the world in both directions, Turn The Tide On Plastic has also been collecting water samples along the way, which have been analysed for microplastic content.
Anne-Cecile Turner, Volvo Ocean Race sustainability programme leader, told Sky News the findings were “shocking”.
She said: “We only found two plastic-free spots out of 53. That was in the deep Southern Ocean near Australia and south of Cape Town.
“The Ocean Summit plays a vital role in helping to solve this crisis and announcements such as the Welsh government’s only help to amplify that message and the need for urgent action.”