UHI leads the way for global action on micro-plastics

Plastic can often end up littering shorelines as seen here at Inneans Bay in 2018

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The University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) is leading a call from 30 island universities from across the world to tackle marine micro plastics.

In an open letter to the United Nations, European Union, Scottish Government and the UK Government, the university is calling for urgent action on the threats posed to the world’s islands, in particular, by micro-plastics in our oceans.

Professor Clive Mulholland, principal and vice-chancellor of UHI and also president of Reseau d’Excellence de Territoires Insulaires (RETI), the worldwide federation of island universities, said there is ‘growing anxiety’ among scientists, and politicians must recognise the scale of the threat.

‘As a federation of island universities who are more affected by the impact of micro-plastics on our campus environment, we are already committed to doing all we can through further research and academic collaboration,’ said Mr Mulholland.

The West Highland College UHI in Fort William promotes sustainable and responsible marine tourism Marine and Coastal Tourism BA (Hons) and recognises the ‘significance of a healthy, vibrant and sustainable marine environment’ for future generations.