Greenpeace gain support to protect world’s oceans in Fort William

Ian Blackford signs a letter to Boris Johnson asking the PM to send a high ranking minister to the discussion for a Global Ocean Treaty at the United Nations, in March. Photograph: Fort William Greenpeace

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The local Greenpeace branch has been busy gathering support for a strong Global Ocean Treaty at the United Nations.

Last week, campaigners were gathering support at West Highland College UHI on Monday and Wednesday, then met Ross, Skye and Lochaber MP Ian Blackford.

Mr Blackford signed a letter to Prime Minister Boris Johnson asking him to support the treaty, and later tweeted: ‘It is my pleasure in supporting this campaign.’

Greenpeace are petitioning Boris Johnson to send a high-ranking minister to the discussion for a Global Ocean Treaty at the United Nations, in
March.

They want the treaty to include protections for at least 30 per cent of the world’s oceans by 2030.

A statement from the group said: ‘The oceans are the biggest carbon sink on earth and therefore they are our best ally in the fight against climate change, but currently less than five per cent of the world’s oceans are protected.

‘Ocean sanctuaries would prevent deep sea mining, oil exploration and fishing and would allow the marine ecosystem to recover and stabilise.’

In addition, the group hosted a photographic exhibition at the Wildcat Cafe in the High Street, Fort William on Saturday evening.

There was a good turnout for the exhibition, despite the stormy weather. Photograph: Fort William Greenpeace

Despite the stormy weather, there was a good turnout to see photos of iconic wildlife such as walrus, whales, salp (something that looks like a jellyfish but is in fact a vertebrate), penguins and the Tristan lobster.

The photos were taken aboard the Greenpeace ship Esperanza, which is travelling from pole to pole gathering information about wildlife and the effects of climate change.

Greenpeace volunteer Rhona Grant said: ‘As Fort William is a coastal town, we know how important our oceans are for wildlife, food, tourism and to protect us from climate chaos. So we are really pleased that Ian Blackford MP saw the beautiful photos and signed the letter to the Prime Minister Boris Johnson.’

Some of the attendees at the exhibition with local volunteers Kevin and Janet Hickman. Photograph: Fort William Greenpeace

If you want to add your name to the petition for a strong Global Oceans Treaty go to – act.gp/protectourocean