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What were the key messages that came out of the event?
Mariam: Plastic pollution is an important issue for young people. As it was noted during the UN Ocean Conference in Lisbon, a million tons of plastic waste are produced annually, and by 2050, there may be more plastic in the oceans than fish, threatening the survival of our marine life. I’m pleased to support the #SaveOurOcean and #BlackSeas campaigns with our actions – we have to find ways to minimize plastic pollution by creating stable new plastic recycled products which can bring economic, social, and environmental benefit.
Do you feel ocean awareness is an important topic in Georgia?


Mariam: Georgia is moving toward becoming an EU candidate and I feel is a nation built on European values. I was overjoyed when our Deputy Minister of Education and Science visited us at the conclusion of her trip and acknowledged the eco-friendly cables and applied scientific awareness quiz as excellent ideas – it was a great inspiration. I added Georgia to the EMD map with this activity and with access to the EU media, we had the chance to share information about our country and what we are doing.

How does it feel to be a young environmental champion for your country?
Mariam: I am incredibly appreciative that EU Mare and the EMDinMyCountry team chose me to host an event for European Maritime Day in Georgia. I am grateful to the Youth4Ocean Forum for inviting me to attend the EMD Ravenna Days in May and meet with Virginijus Sinkeviius, the Commissioner for Environment as a Youth4Ocean advocate. I had the honour of organising and putting Georgia on the map of #EMDinMyCounty during this period of Georgia’s European membership journey. All of this motivated me to start the EMD event and contribute to the #SaveOurOcean and #BlackSeas campaigns.

  • Kevin

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    Thank you for this and continue doing the amazing job you are doing

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    • Rukia Ahmed Abdi

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      Mariam's commitment to raising awareness about plastic pollution and promoting ocean conservation in Georgia is commendable. The alarming statistics she mentioned about the annual production of plastic waste and the potential threat to marine life by 2050 underscore the urgency of addressing this environmental issue. It's heartening to see young leaders like Mariam actively supporting initiatives like #SaveOurOcean and #BlackSeas campaigns, emphasizing the need for sustainable solutions. Her efforts to engage young people in Georgia on European Maritime Day and share information about the country's eco-friendly initiatives are crucial for building awareness and fostering a sense of responsibility toward the environment. Mariam's role as a youth environmental champion reflects the positive impact that young voices can have in driving change and inspiring others to join the fight against climate change.

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      • Grace Njeri

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        Continue with same spirit,we acknowledge your commitments.

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        • Jane Wangui

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          Thank you for sharing.

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          • winnie nguru

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            Keep up the good work

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            • Munene Mugambi

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              We agree that there's pertinent environmental issues we need to tackle and plastic pollution is up there

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              • Gorffly mokua

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                This is great! Keep up the good work.💚👏

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                • Gorffly mokua

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                  This great!👏💚

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                  • Tabitha Kimani

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                    You are doing an incredible job Mariam. Continue raising the awareness.

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                    • Saustine Lusanzu

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                      Worth to read

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                      • Marine Stephan

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                        Thanks for sharing, it is very interesting

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