Roberto Alvarez calls for action to address ocean pollution

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Minister of Foreign Relations Roberto Alvarez spoke at the Immersed in Change conference held in Costa Rica from 7 to 8 June 2024. The high-level event on ocean action sought to mobilize global efforts for the protection and sustainable use of the ocean. Speaking during the event, Álvarez urged the international community to take decisive action to combat ocean pollution and climate change, emphasizing that these issues exacerbate existing global inequalities.

“As Small Island Developing States (SIDS), our economies, our food security, our identity, our culture, and, in short, our very existence are inextricably linked to the ocean, making us particularly vulnerable to the aggravated effects of climate change,” he stated.

Speaking at the High-Level Dialogue of the “High-Level Event on Ocean Action: Immersed in Change” held in San Jose, Costa Rica, in preparation for the...

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CristoRey

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I think it safe to say Mr. Alvarez has his work cut out for him.
 

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Technology and ideas exists:

Besides, plastic waste and all kind of carbohydrate-rich waste (plastics, coconutshells) can be processed in pyrolis reactors to high energy burnable gas, diesel and two-stroke-oil. As soon as people get money for plastics waste littering would stop.

Disposable tableware and plastic bottles for beverages should be prohibited and/or be heavily taxed.

Alexander
 

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I applaud the thought but teaching Dominicans and Haitians not to throw their trash wherever they want (except a garbage receptacle) is like teaching a chimpanzee to do advanced calculus.

If the family ot the largest ice cream distributor on the island won't even pay for garbage service and throws their trash over the wall of their weekend home what chance does Roberto Alverez have of converting the masses?
 
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fuchs4d

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Observe that people collect empty glass bottles and 5 gallon canisters. Probably they change them for money.
As soon as plastics are of some value there will be some poor collecting all kind of things.

BTW, chimpanzees have been observed offering food in exchange for sex and are able to do at least simple math. Even pigeons do math (google no-joke-pigeons-ace-simple-math-test).

Alexander
 

El Hijo de Manolo

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I applaud the thought but teaching Dominicans and Haitians not to throw their trash wherever they want (except a garbage receptacle) is like teaching a chimpanzee to do advanced calculus.

If the family ot the largest ice cream distributor on the island won't even pay for garbage service and throws their trash over the wall of their weekend home what chance does Roberto Alverez have of converting the masses?
Who is the largest ice cream distributor on the island?
 

El Hijo de Manolo

It's outrageous, egregious, preposterous!
Dec 10, 2021
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Observe that people collect empty glass bottles and 5 gallon canisters. Probably they change them for money.
As soon as plastics are of some value there will be some poor collecting all kind of things.

BTW, chimpanzees have been observed offering food in exchange for sex and are able to do at least simple math. Even pigeons do math (google no-joke-pigeons-ace-simple-math-test).

Alexander
Speaking of which, Cab Coffee Co used to hand out children's sand pails to the gringos and if they filled it with trash they could exchange it for a free cup of coffee