Did you know that eight million tonnes of plastic are dumped into the ocean every year? That’s a whole garbage truck per minute – and 80 per cent of that comes from land-based sources. It means that if no action is taken, the ocean will contain more plastic than fish by 2050.
There is a natural and logical fit between Volvo Ocean Race and the relatively new but critical environmental challenge of Ocean Health and plastic pollution. With the Race’s global platform we have both a unique opportunity and clear responsibility to fight for this urgent issue. We want to play our part in a cleaner future for our oceans.
The Volvo Ocean Race is the world’s longest and most competitive professional sporting event. Considered by many as the pinnacle of offshore ocean racing, the event gathers the best professional sailors, over a long period of nine months in a race around the world, providing a global impact in real life and online. We want to activate discussion, create local relevancy, and put out a call to action to business, government and individuals to commit to turning the tide on plastic.
The globe will be the central focus of our Ocean Health and plastic pollution message throughout our Race Village, where visitors can learn about the issue and how they can act locally.
Our mission is to help ‘Turn the Tide’ on the critical problem of the rapidly growing amount of plastic pollution in the oceans. With our global communication platform we have both a unique opportunity and clear responsibility, to fight for this urgent issue to be addressed worldwide.
With the race’s global platform we have a unique opportunity and clear responsibility to fight for this urgent issue. We want to play our part in a cleaner future for our oceans.