Virgin CEO Richard Branson calls on G7 governments to commit to ocean protection

Virgin CEO Richard Branson calls on G7 governments to commit to ocean protection

One of the world’s richest men, The Virgin Group CEO Richard Branson is raising his voice on his advocacy to save the world’s oceans.

In his blog post for World Oceans Day, he called on governments, especially world G7 leaders who are meeting in Cornwall, England from June 11-13, to fully commit to protect at least 30 percent of the world’s oceans by 2030 for the sake of future generations.

In his blog, he highlighted the value of mangroves as a natural defense for disasters, as well as nurseries for baby fish. He also highlighted the need to protect corals which supply food and shelter for marine life.

He also underscored the support of the public and private sector in meeting the goals of pecan protection.

“It is great news to see the UK become the second government after Canada to be a full member of the Ocean Risk and Resilience ActionAlliance, as well as the statement by G7 ministers committing to work with the Alliance. This coalition of different stakeholders from the public and private sector, as well as NGOs, is led by insurance giant AXA and Ocean Unite, the independent non-profit that we co-founded with José María Figueres and a wonderful group of partners. The Alliance is designed to drive an extra $500 million of investment into coastal resilience by 2030 through developing and deploying innovative finance and insurance products,” he said.

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