The European Union's environment chief states that 2022 will, in fact, be the year for putting action behind our words when it comes to protecting the ocean, the world's biodiversity and for starting negotiations to address the global crisis of plastic pollution.

The EU commissioner for oceans, fisheries, and environment,Virginijus Sinkevicius, stated in a news conference that we lost a lot of precious time to save nature and the oceans over the last few years due to the pandemic, but he and his team are determined to move forward and steer a worldwide green transition.

"This year must be the year of the oceans. This year must be the year of biodiversity, and it's essential to get plastics under control, and the only way to do it is globally. This year we must find a window of opportunity to reach agreements that will change the world for the better." - Virginijus Sinkevicius.

When it comes to our oceans, the EU will be launching a coalition to support the negotiations for a fairly ambitious agreement on the high seas at the One Ocean Summit in Brest, France, which is organized by French President Emmanuel Macron and the EU from February 9th to the 11th. 

"Without acting on this front, we won't succeed in solving the climate crisis because the finest technologies to solve the climate crisis are not sophisticated machines. They are trees, oceans, and healthy ecosystems." - Virginijus Sinkevicius.