Award promotes press circle’s role in mitigating marine plastic debris

Winners of the Press Award in “Mitigating marine plastic debris” were honoured at a ceremony in Hanoi on December 10.

A first prize, two second prizes, three third prizes, five consolation prizes and two auxiliary prizes were awarded.

Jointly held by VTC News, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Vietnam, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and the management board of the project on reducing marine plastic waste in Vietnam, the award aims to promote the role of the press in efforts to mitigate marine plastic debris.

Organisers had received hundreds of works from 64 press agencies, units and individuals nationwide.

According to the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), global concerns about litter in the marine environment have been on the rise for several years. Studies show that between 8-12 million tonnes of plastic pollution leak into the ocean each year.

This number is expected to more than triple by 2050. Some experts estimated that, if the world continues on its current trajectory, more plastic than fish will be in the ocean by 2050.

Studies have linked unsustainable production and consumption patterns to mounting plastic pollution, which impacts human health as well as the health of terrestrial and marine ecosystems.