Introducing the SoulBuffalo Ocean Plastics Summit

Tackling the ocean plastics crisis at the North Atlantic Gyre.

Our first ever Summit is the first ocean-based conference dedicated exclusively to supporting the UN Sustainability Goal, Global Goal 14, Life Below Water. The SoulBuffalo Summit at the North Atlantic Gyre will set off from Hamilton, Bermuda, and circumnavigate the country over the course of three days. During our inspired conference, attendees will ride on zodiac boats to trawl for plastics, engage in problem-solving workshops and roundtable discussions while hearing about the latest scientific research and developments at our interactive innovation lab.

Impact of Plastics on Bermuda

Bermuda is home to some of the most beautiful beaches on earth. They are also some of the most polluted, their shores covered by trash from other countries. As troubling is Bermuda’s location within the North Atlantic Gyre, which acts as a slow-moving whirlpool, collecting trash and debris during its rotation. Scientists estimate that the North Atlantic Garbage Patch is hundreds of miles in size and has a density of 200,000 pieces of trash per square mile in some places.

With an increasing recognition of the ubiquity of ocean plastics that are damaging to our natural systems, the growing crisis must be addressed at the highest international levels.

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

#Envision2030 Goal 14: Life Below Water

Prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution

Sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans

Minimize and address the impacts of ocean acidification, including through enhanced scientific cooperation at all levels

Enhance the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources by implementing international law as reflected in UNCLOS, which provides the legal framework for the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources, as recalled in paragraph 158 of The Future We Want

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