Cemex UK and Conservation International Europe have presented their book, Oceans: Heart of Our Blue Planet, at a Royal Society reception in London.
The book, which has also been developed in association with the International League of Conservation Photographers and other conservation bodies, outlines life’s dependency on a healthy ocean.??Through analysis from renowned marine scientists and with over 150 images by leading photographers, the book aims to offer innovative and creative solutions to the many threats facing marine ecosystems.
Oceans was presented to more than 100 guests, including Members of Parliament, civil servants, community partners, environmentalists and commercial representatives at a reception, where The Rt Hon Lord Smith of Finsbury, Chair of the Environment Agency, also spoke about the importance of public and private partnership working to protect and enhance the environment.
Director of Conservation International, Europe, Jean-Philippe Palasi, who presented the book at the event, said: “By learning and understanding more about our oceans and their influence on climate, freshwater cycling, food security and human health, we will be in a stronger position to create policies that protect their landscapes and services, which are critical to our society.”
President of Cemex UK, Jesus Gonzalez, said: “The conservation book initiative is integral to Cemex’s sustainability strategy. In a world characterised by an expanding population, increasing urbanisation, growing demand for natural resources and a changing climate, the only future we can possibly aim for is a sustainable one.??“As one of the world’s largest producers of cement, aggregates and concrete, Cemex aims to do this by becoming the best building solutions provider; helping to define and support a sustainable construction industry, and by working with all our stakeholders and committing to the long-term.??“On a more local scale, we want to help build a Greater Britain, which is prosperous, but promotes responsible growth.”