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On and off display screen, ‘Aquaman’ star Momoa fights for oceans


American actor and environmental activist Jason Momoa makes an look at a Portuguese Carcavelos seashore forward of the United Nations Ocean Convention in Lisbon, Portugal, June 26, 2022. (REUTERS/Pedro Nunes)

CARCAVELOS, Portugal — Within the superhero blockbuster “Aquaman,” common Hollywood actor Jason Momoa performs the function of protector of the deep, however with the world’s oceans underneath risk in actual life, he’s additionally taking the struggle off-screen.

“With out a wholesome ocean life, our planet as we all know wouldn’t exist,” Momoa mentioned with the ocean behind him as he took half in an occasion on a Portuguese seashore forward of the United Nations Ocean Convention in Lisbon, which begins on Monday.

Round 7,000 individuals, from heads of state to environmental activists, are anticipated to attend the convention, which was postponed from 2020 to this 12 months because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Dozens of youth activists from varied international locations clapped and cheered as Momoa, who will quickly change into the UN Environment Programme advocate for Life Under Water, spoke in regards to the issues dealing with the world’s oceans.

“We should search to proper the wrongs we’ve got finished towards our youngsters and grandchildren, flip the tide on our irresponsible stewardship, and construct momentum for a future the place humanity can as soon as once more dwell in concord with nature,” mentioned Momoa, 42.

Momoa is thought for his function as Arthur Curry, a half-human, half-Atlantean character in DC Comics’ “Aquaman,” which takes viewers to the underwater world of the seven seas. “Aquaman 2” is scheduled for launch in March 2023.

UN Secretary-Common António Guterres joined Momoa on the occasion and apologized on behalf of his era for not doing sufficient on the time to sort out local weather change, save the ocean and shield biodiversity.

“Even as we speak we’re shifting too slowly…we’re nonetheless shifting within the fallacious course,” Guterres mentioned, additionally pointing a finger on the fossil gas trade. “It’s time for these behaviors to be severely condemned.”

The ocean covers 70% of the planet’s floor, producing over half of the world’s oxygen and absorbing 25% of all carbon dioxide emissions, however local weather change is growing its temperature and inflicting sea ranges to rise.

Eleven million metric tons of plastic find yourself within the ocean annually, a determine that’s anticipated to triple by 2040 except manufacturing and use of throwaway objects are lowered, a number of scientific research present.

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