It’s time to get serious about plastic waste

Plastic pollution is the second greatest environmental threat after climate change. Plastic waste is everywhere – in our streets and parks, in our rivers, in huge trash islands in the ocean. And with microplastics traveling up the chain into the food supply, now it’s even in us.

And if you thought that when the Trudeau government announced a ban on single-use plastics the problem was solved – think again!

The draft regulations outlining how the “ban” will be rolled out are so weak and full of loopholes, we’re left to wonder whether the government is really serious about addressing this scourge.

First off, the regulations exclude many of the most common single-use plastic items found littering our beaches – coffee cups and lids, for example. Worse yet, they allow items banned in Canada to continue being manufactured here and exported to other countries – it still ends up in the ocean but maybe it won’t wash up on our beaches.

This must not stand.

Plastic pollution is a global crisis and it’s time to start acting like it.

Please sign this letter to Environment and Climate Change Minister Steven Guilbeault urging him to strengthen the government’s proposed Single-Use Prohibition Regulations?

And thank you for adding your voice.