NEW YORK, April 11, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Long Island University, in partnership with the Global Council for Science and Environment (GCSE) and the Office for Science and Technology at the Embassy of France in United States hosted the International Summit on Plastic Pollution: From Research to Action from April 5 to 6 about the University brooklyn Campus.

The International Summit on Plastic Pollution: From Research to Action was held April 5-6 at Long Island University.

The summit followed the landmark resolution to end plastic pollution endorsed by 175 nations at the United Nations Environment Assembly in Nairobi on March 2, 2022. It is the first peak of North America discuss concrete solutions aimed at achieving the objectives of the agreement proposed by the UN.

Long Island University is proud to partner with leading global institutions and apply our research capabilities to the effort to combat plastic pollution,” said Long Island University President Kimberly Cline. “We are committed to teaching our students that innovation and collaboration have the power to impact the world.”

Long Island University is ranked in the top 7% of research institutions in the United States by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Its prestigious faculty includes scientists who rank among the top 2% of global researchers in their chosen field. dr. Alexander Moredirector of the Long Island University Honors College, is a world-renowned environmental scientist and Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, and was one of the main organizers of the summit.

“Plastic pollution is directly linked to pollution from petroleum, from which it is made,” said Dr. More, associate professor of environmental health at Long Island University. “To remove one, we must remove the other from our economy and our ecosystem, and we must do so for our health and the environment.”

Researchers and policy makers at the summit came from around the world to showcase breakthrough innovations to replace and eliminate plastics from the global economy, understand the health impacts and opportunities for governments, research institutes and universities to collaborate and support long-term research initiatives and concrete actions. political proposals.

“Even though the number of scientific publications on plastic pollution has grown exponentially over the past decade, there are still large knowledge gaps. Greater transatlantic research collaboration is needed,” said Mireille Guyaderadviser for science and technology at the French Embassy.

Jesse Ausubel, President of the Richard Lounsbery Foundation Outpacing Plastic Pollution through Science and Innovation, delivered the keynote address. Among his many accomplishments, Ausubel helped organize the first United Nations World Climate Conference in 1979, and he initiated the census of marine lifeBarcode of Life Initiative and International Quiet Ocean Experiment.

Other distinguished speakers included Senator Angele Preville and Deputy Philippe Bolo of the French Parliament; United States Senator Sheldon White House; Juliette KaberaDirector General of the Rwanda Environmental Management Authority; Amy V. UhrinChief Scientist of the Marine Debris Division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; Muriel Mercier Bonin, Research Director of the National Institute for Food and the Environment; Eric Chassignet, director of the Center for Ocean-Atmosphere Prediction Studies; Wolfgang LudwigDirector of the Center for Education and Research on Mediterranean Environments; Philippe Landrigan, Director of the Global Public Health Program and the Global Pollution Observatory; and Paul MayewskiDirector of the Climate Change Institute.

“Plastic pollution is increasing at a staggering rate, posing challenges to human and ecosystem health,” said michelle wyman, Executive Director of the World Council for Science and the Environment. “The cooperation of the scientific community and nations to accelerate solutions and specifically mitigate single-use plastics is imperative to limit the impacts of this growing global threat.

Plastic pollution is accumulating at an alarming rate in our environment and our bodies. Aquatic ecosystems are expected to contain three times as much plastic by 2040 if no action is taken. Microplastics have been found in every ecosystem on the planet – from Mount Everest at the top of the world to the Mariana Trench at the bottom of the ocean – and in March scientists discovered microplastics in human blood for the first time. .

“As researchers, our goal is to constantly seek new ways to collaborate and share data that helps inform policy to address the greatest challenges facing society today,” said Dr. Randy Bourdsenior vice president for academic affairs at Long Island University. “We are delighted to welcome some of the world’s leading experts in environmental science and policy to support sustainable solutions for the future.”

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