Watch 2015 Ocean Summit on Marine Debris

The Volvo Group, sponsor of the Volvo Ocean Race, has released a new video of the 2015 Ocean Summit on Marine Debris, which was held in Newport, R.I., on May 15 during the race’s North American stopover.

“Sailors have given us a call to action. We ignore it at our own peril,” said Dennis Nixon, director of Rhode Island Sea Grant, who served as master of ceremonies for the event.

The Ocean Summit on Marine Debris, which was sponsored by The Embassy of Sweden, the U.S. State Department, the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Sail Newport, was held to raise awareness and educate attendees about the growing environmental concern of marine debris.

Speakers included Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo, U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse; Catherine Novelli, undersecretary for Economic Growth, Energy and the Environment at the State Department; representatives of the Swedish government; Wendy Schmidt, Schmidt Family Foundation; Knut Frostad, CEO of the Volvo Ocean Race; Dr. Sandra Whitehouse, senior advisor for the Ocean Conservancy; and Charlie Enright, from team Alvimedica.

“Marine debris isn’t just a sailor’s problem, it’s all of our problem,” said Governor Raimondo.

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