In the superhero blockbuster Aquaman, popular Hollywood actor Jason Momoa acts as a guardian of the deep sea, but as the real world’s oceans are facing threats, he’s decided to take the battle off the screen.
The conference, which was postponed from 2020 to this year due to the corona pandemic, will be attended by about 7,000 people, from heads of state to environmental activists.
Dozens of young activists from different countries applauded and cheered when Jason Momoa, an advocate of the United Nations Environment Program’s underwater life, talked about the problems facing the world’s oceans.
Jason Momoa’s Take on This Matter
“Without a healthy ocean life, our planet as we know would not exist” stated Momoa, as he attended an event on a beach in Portugal ahead of the United Nations Marine Conference in Lisbon, that starts Monday.
“We must seek to right the wrongs we have done against our children and grandchildren, turn the tide on our irresponsible stewardship, and build momentum for a future where humanity can once again live in harmony with nature,” urged Momoa.
Jason Momoa is best known for his role as Arthur Curry, a half-human and half-Atlantis character who takes viewers to the underwater world of the Seven Seas in DC Comics‘ Aquaman. Aquaman 2 will be released in March 2023.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres attended the event and apologized on behalf of his generation for not doing enough to combat climate change, save the ocean and protect biodiversity.
“Even today we are moving too slowly…we are still moving in the wrong direction,” mentioned Guterres as he holds the fossil fuel industry heavily responsible for the consequences that followed. “It’s time for these behaviors to be seriously condemned.”
The ocean covers 70% of the Earth’s surface, produces more than half of the world’s oxygen, and absorbs 25% of its carbon dioxide emissions, but climate change is causing temperatures to rise and sea levels to rise.
Unless 11 million tons of plastic flow into the ocean each year and the production and use of disposable products are reduced, that number is expected to triple by 2040. Some scientific research has shown.