Change for the Blue is mobilising Japanese businesses, government and the public to stop litter polluting the rivers and oceans.
Change for the Blue, a Nippon Foundation project, is Japan’s first consolidated effort to reduce marine litter. Involving a partnership with the Ministry of Environment, it will span three years, cost around 5 billion yen and mobilise 10 million people nationwide.
Cities contribute 80% of marine litter, so businesses like Coca-Cola and 7-Eleven have signed on to the programme to collect and recycle plastic bottles that can otherwise wash down city drains to end up in rivers and oceans. The public is also doing its part, with 500,000 people coming together in 2020 to clean the streets in 1,500 locations around Japan for Umigomi [Marine Litter] Zero Week.
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Back to Blue is an initiative of Economist Impact and The Nippon Foundation, two organisations that share a common understanding of the need to improve evidence-based approaches and solutions to the pressing issues faced by the ocean, and to restoring ocean health and promoting sustainability