In a bid to highlight the issue of marine pollution and raise awareness, five Chief Executive Officers of various IT firms held an underwater meeting on Monday at a beach resort in Kerala’s Kovalam. It was first of its kind event across the globe.
The participants armed with their diving gear, took plunge 50 meters off the shore into the water and tried to spread a message of protecting marine life.
CEOs Raja Gopal Iyer of Udaya Samudra Group of Hotels, Hema Menon of UST Global, Dinesh P Thampi of TCS, Shyam Kumar of Neologix and Rony Thomas of Avon Mobility Solutions took part the 20-minutes-long conference was titled ‘Ocean Love.
The CEOs agreed to come together apparently after a report claimed that the seas around Kerala, Mumbai and Andaman and Nicobar Islands are one of the most polluted, around the world.
In addition to the pledge to save oceans, discussions were also held on other topics such as adverse human impact on oceans, over fishing, pollution, habitat destruction, acidification and climate change. The meeting also demanded attention from global community regarding global warming and marine pollution.
Sea pollution is rising at an alarming level. Our endeavour is to make the public aware of the dangers posed by littering especially the unscientific disposal of plasticRaja Gopaal Iyer, CEO of Uday Samudra Group
According to a recent report of the World Economic Forum at least 12.7 metric tonne of plastic end up in the sea each year and by 2050 there could be more plastic in the sea than fish.