YOUR ENDORSEMENT IS NEEDED FOR A NATIONAL PETITION!
We have an environmental disaster that is quietly happening to one of Canada’s greatest natural heritages …
the lakes, rivers and oceans that make up our precious waterways!
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 has always found strength in its supporters.
We need your support on this issue!
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 encourage you to sign the Plastics Reduction Petition to urge the Government of Canada to continue to address this issue and further move Canada away from single-use plastics. #StopSingleUse
The Plastic Oceans Foundation Canada has joined us in supporting this petition to draw awareness to this serious issue. Their efforts both on a national and international scale, particularly through their documentary “A Plastic Ocean”, are crucial. We have a long way to go and need to be proactive in order to make a difference.
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.