Canadian Voices Unite
More than 20,000 Canadians signed the Canadian Wildlife Federation’s Plastics Reduction Petition. Thank you! Canadians took a stance against single-use plastics. The Canadian Wildlife Federation delivered our Plastic Reduction Petition to the federal government calling for change. It is time the federal government advances the national Sustainable Packaging initiative to move Canada away from single-use plastics. #StopSingleUse
Plastic is everywhere. It makes up the bags at our grocery stores and the lids of our coffee cups. But most of us don’t think about where these plastic items go when we’re through with them. Unfortunately, these plastics are making their way into our waterways, lakes, rivers and eventually into our oceans. It is now common for us to find species that have been negatively affected by plastic pollution, some become entangled and others ingest plastic (mistaking it for a food source).
CWF is a leader in reducing the threats facing our marine animals, including entanglement. Learn more
Dear Ministers LeBlanc and McKenna,
Thank you for taking major steps to protect marine wildlife in Canadian waters through the Oceans Protection Plan. We appreciate your commitment to achieving Canada’s national and international marine conservation targets. These actions will go a long way to protecting our whales, sea turtles, and sea lions, some of which are already endangered.
However, in our work as one of Canada’s leading conservation organizations, a major issue we frequently see is the impact of plastic pollution on our oceans and freshwaters. Plastic pollution in Canadian waters harms and sometimes kills aquatic wildlife when they consume it or get entangled in it. We need the federal government to continue to show leadership on reducing Canada’s plastic footprint by drastically reducing our reliance on single-use packaging.
We urge the federal government to make Canada an international leader yet again in reducing plastic waste in our rivers, lakes, and oceans by recommitting to and advancing the national Sustainable Packaging initiative set out in 2012 to further move Canada away from single-use plastics.
We’d like to share a short story about a very small school (approx. 200 students) in Nova Scotia that has taken our initiative of reducing single use plastic to heart. They’ve reached out to their community to get 1,000 petitions signed and back to us by October 31. And they did it!!!!
This young grade five student, Alex Poplar, was able to get 60 petitions signed on his own. Maybe a future CWF conservationist?
We are so inspired by this school's participation. It gives us great confidence in our next generation. It looks like they want to #conservethewonder.
Over 260 species of wildlife have ingested or become entangled in plastic, resulting in impaired movement and feeding, reduced productive output, lacerations, ulcers and death.