Clean Mediterranean Sea!
Academic Start Up
“Clean Mediterranean Sea! – CMS!“ is an “academic start-up“ project at the Vienna Forum for Democracy and Human Rights. Its planning and preparation was done under the guidance of Hannes Tretter and it was coordinated by Philip Wilfing with the help of volunteer law students from the University of Vienna, starting in autumn of 2018 and finishing in late 2019. In early 2020, the Hermann and Marianne Straniak Foundation from Sarnen (Switzerland), whose roots also extend to Austria, decided it would give financial support to the project for 2020 to 2022, making it possible to continue the matter at a professional level.
CMS! is an academic start-up of the Vienna Forum for Democracy and Human Rights aimed at contributing to the reduction of plastic waste in the Mediterranean Sea. To achieve our goal, we analyse national and international legal frameworks, work closely with renowned NGOs and institutions from all over Europe and give hands on advice to reduce plastic in our everyday life. Talented and driven people from different academic backgrounds build our team, with one common goal – a cleaner Mediterranean Sea!
Professor of Human Rights
“We cannot direct the wind. But we can adjust the sails.” - Aristoteles
As professor for human rights and as a sailor I have learned that plastic waste in the Mediterranean is a ticking bomb for nature, environment and climate because of the locked offing between the Bosporus and the Pillars of Heracles.
“I’m deeply convinced that people can shape and co-create the world they are living in.”
As a citizen, I feel responsible to play an active role in society. I truly believe that with our project, we can be a starting point for positive change and another step into a good direction.
Sincere thanks to...
...which enables us to continue the project on a professional basis.
Vienna Forum for Democracy and Human Rights
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Phone: +43 1 353 40 20
Email: office (at) humanrights.at