NSK joins Greenpeace global campaign for the adoption of UN Global Ocean Treaty
On 7 February 2020, Greenpeace activists put up an ice sculpture in front of the building of the National and University Library in Zagreb, which acts as the seat of Croatia’s presidency of the Council of the European Union, as part of a global campaign calling attention to a major threat to the world’s oceans posed by human activity and the related changes to the global climate.
The melting sculptures of penguins, whose current rapid disappearance is only one of many disastrous consequences of climate change, are the focal point of this Greenpeace campaign pushing for the adoption of the UN Global Ocean Treaty, the negotiations over which are currently entering their final stage. Similar sculptures will be put up in front of many other public and political institutions all around the world with the aim of raising global awareness of the urgent need for taking immediate action to protect 30% of the world’s most important and most endangered ocean areas by 2030.
By stating “protecting the environment by fighting climate change” one of the priorities of its presidency of the EU Council, Croatia has the responsibility to maintain the important role that the European Union has played in the progress achieved in the negotiations on the UN Global Ocean Treaty so far.
The National and University Library in Zagreb, whose Director General Dr Ivanka Stričević today signed Greenpeace’s Protect the Oceans petition, invites all members of the Croatian library community, its users and the general public to learn more about this pressing global issue and join the ongoing Greenpeace campaign by signing the petition online.
Greenpeace activists put up an ice sculpture of penguins in front of the building of the National and University Library in Zagreb, the seat of Croatia’s presidency of the Council of the European Union, as part of a global campaign for the adoption of the UN Global Ocean Treaty. Photo by: Nevio Smajić.