Experts suggest that only 13% of the planet’s oceans are still in their natural, wild state, while the rest has been significantly impacted by human activity. The tide rolls in and when it rolls back out, it leaves tons of plastic detritus. Just 11 years ago in 2007, filth and plastic waste littered beaches on the Isle of Man, which sits in the Irish Sea between Ireland and England. Those who want to protect the world’s oceans will be interested in how the Isle of Man and its 83,000 residents have since earned UNESCO status as a biosphere region – that is, a world leader in ocean protection.
In this summary, you will learn
- How the Isle of Man gained UNESCO biosphere region status,
- How residents have banded together to clean up the island’s beaches, and
- Why 10 years of cooperation among the fishing industry, residents and charitable organizations has made a real difference.
About the Author
Sandra Laville is a senior correspondant for The Guardian and covers environmental issues.