Kerry McCarthy Labour MP for Bristol East
I am very proud to have been part of the recent Environmental Audit Committee inquiry into sustainable seas. Our planet’s resources are precious and must be preserved, not plundered. Not only are our seas being treated like sewers, with plastics, chemicals and sewage choking our oceans, but they are also being exploited for financial gain. We cannot allow overfishing and deep sea mining of minerals to destroy our marine ecosystems.
The public move toward minimising plastic use, prompted in part by distressing images seen on the BBC’s Blue Planet, is a positive step, but the Government must take the lead internationally to protect our oceans.