Press Canada To Catch Up To Europe in a Ban on Single-Use Plastic

“Plastic waste is choking our oceans, threatening to outweigh the amount of fish by 2050 if nothing is done. … Here in Canada, we generate about 3.25 million tons of plastic waste every year3. 1.6 million coffee cups sit in Canada’s landfills4. And Canadians throw out about 57 million plastic straws a year.”  – words from a petition that you can lend your name to below   

A Call-Out from the Broadbent Institute

Posted October 26th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

Plastics contaminating the shores and waters of our Great Lakes

On Tuesday (October 23rd, 2018) the European Parliament voted in favour of a complete ban on single-use plastics in the EU market by 2021.

Canada should do the same.

Plastic waste is choking our oceans, threatening to outweigh the amount of fish by 2050 if nothing is done. Recent studies show microplastics are in our bodies. It’s only a matter of time before we discover resulting health impacts.

Here in Canada, we have a long way to go when it comes to the phasing out of single-use plastics. We generate about 3.25 million tons of plastic waste every year. 1.6 million coffee cups sit in Canada’s landfills. And Canadians throw out about 57 million plastic straws a year.

Canada desperately needs leadership when it comes to single-use plastics. Join us in calling on Prime Minister Trudeau to follow the lead of the European Union and ban single-use plastics by signing our petition. We can’t afford to wait any longer for action on plastics.

Thanks, Katrina Miller
Program Director
Broadbent Institute

To add your name to a petition to to Canada’s Prime Minister, click on –http://www.broadbentinstitute.ca/single_use_plastics_ban?utm_campaign=oct25_18km_pet&utm_medium=email&utm_source=broadbent

About the Broadbent Institute – The Broadbent Institute is Canada’s leading progressive, independent organization championing change through the promotion of democracy, equality, and sustainability and the training of a new generation of leaders.

We are proud of Canada’s tradition as a diverse, fair, just, and inclusive society. These values matter to us today and they matter to our future. The vast majority of Canadians share these progressive values.

At the Broadbent Institute, we believe that the progressive principles and collective efforts that have made us who we are as a country can inform new ways of thinking and new approaches to government that equip us to address the challenges facing Canadians.

To learn more about the Broadbent Institute and its work, click on – http://www.broadbentinstitute.ca/ .

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 “A politician thinks of the next election. A leader thinks of the next generation.” – Bernie Sanders

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