Janez POTOČNIK, Member of the EC in charge of Environment, opens the European Week for Waste Reduction "Nice to Sea?" photo exhibition:
Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - EC
End production: 15/11/2013 First transmission: 15/11/2013
Janez Potocnik, Member of the EC in charge of Environment, opened the European Week for Waste Reduction by visiting the "Nice to Sea?" photo exhibition organised by the Surfrider Foundation Europe in partnership with Y&R Paris.
The European Week for Waste Reduction, which runs from 16 to 24 November, is proposing new ways to spread the word about reducing waste, reusing products and recycling materials, the "3Rs". The aim is to develop and test communication tools that target administrations and associations, businesses, schools, and individual citizens. Activities will peak during the Waste Prevention Thematic Days, which this year focus on Reuse, with local activities such as second-hand markets, repair workshops and swap parties
On 4th November, the European Commission adopted a proposal that requires Member States to reduce their use of lightweight plastic carrier bags. Member States can choose the measures they find most appropriate, including charges, national reduction targets or a ban under certain conditions. Lightweight plastic bags are often used only once, but can persist in the environment for hundreds of years, often as harmful microscopic particles that are known to be dangerous to marine life in particular.
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||Exterior of the EC building
||Flyer reading 'Nice to sea'
||Statue with a plastic
||Janez Potocnik, Member of the EC in charge of Environment
||Petition papers (2 shots)
||Janez Potocnik receiving a petition of Surfrider Foundation Europe (2 shots)
||SOUNDBITE (in English) Janez Potocnik: It is an important message that the work we are trying to do is not only important for us but it is important for the people out there and that is the most important message that we can receive. So we take all these messages seriously, we put them in our work and we try to make the world better.
||SOUNDBITE (in English) Janez Potocnik: We recently propose a proposal on how to reduce the use on the single using plastic bags. I think it is an important proposal because this is an emblematic part of our consummation life. And when we look to the problems which we are seeing in the sea, then, plastic is one of the major problems. So approximately 80% of this marine litter is plastic, majority of that is plastic bags and 80 % of that originated from the land. So if we don't change our consumption habits on the land, we can not expect the things in the ocean really to change.
||Janez Potocnik visiting the exhibition (3 shots)
||People at exhibition
||SOUNDBITE (inFrench) Raphaël Filippi, Ambassador of Surfrider Foundation Europe: I witness of the presence of plastic bags in the sea. And I think we can live without unique used plastic bags. So I expect the complete ban of the plastic bags in Europe.
||People at the exhibition
||SOUNDBITE (in French) Raphaël Filippi: You just have to be organise. In United State, they don't use plastic bags, we can use paper bags or bags which are recycled. But we have to push people to do it.
||Picture of the exhibition