The European union will end its Green Weeks campaign with a public cleanup on Sunday along Tonle Sap River from Chroy Changva Park to the fishing community close to Sokha Phnom Penh hotel.
The cleanup will be jointly lead by Secretary of State of the Environment Ministry, the EU delegation to Cambodia’s head of cooperation Franck Viault and over 300 citizens and environmental activists.
Mr Franck Viault said plastic pollution is one of largest and most widespread environmental problem. Half of all plastics are used only once, and as much as 90% ends up directly in our rivers and oceans.
“The EU encourages recycling, but recycling alone is not enough. On behalf of the EU Delegation to Cambodia and our Member States, I call on everybody to say ‘No’ to single use plastics,” he said.
Mr Viault noted that over the last months, youth in Europe and elsewhere have been very vocal about climate change and its devastating consequences for the planet and for human kind.
“Youth are making their voice heard, and they have asked governments, companies and all of us to take action. The European Union recognises the call for action from the youth,” he said.
According to the EU, Climate change is a direct and existential threat. It spares no country and requires a collective response.
In Cambodia, the EU has been supporting climate change action in Cambodia for a long time, and has committed an additional €6 million to support the Royal Government’s efforts to address climate change.