Canadians Say Politicians Need to Tackle Plastics Pollution

“Nine out of 10 Canadians are concerned with plastics pollution in groundwater sources and drinking water, almost nine out of 10 are concerned about plastics pollution in soil and food eaten.”

A Message to All Candidates in this Federal Election from Friends of the Earth, one of the more time-honoured environmental groups on the plant

Posted October 13th, 2019 on Niagara At Large

Ottawa, Ontario – Half way through the federal election, Friends of the Earth Canada has a message for Canadian politicians. 

The electorate wants action to stop plastics pollution: 86% of Canadians want you to take more action on plastics as a way of reducing climate harmful greenhouse gases. And 8 out 10 Canadians will support you to ban production and use of single-use disposable plastic containers and packaging.

Friends of the Earth is releasing its new national poll with six questions on plastics pollution. Oraclepoll Research Limited conducted the 1,200 person national poll on behalf of Friends of the Earth between September 20-23 (margin of error for total N=1,200 sample is ± 2.8%, 19 times out of 20). Complete results are attached to the release – including vote intent breakout by question.

A 2018 National Geographic cover story sounds a warning about the destructive impact too much plastic is having on our planet

The poll findings are a powerful indicator of public anxiety about plastics pollution and public understanding that plastics pollution is part of the climate crisis.

Nine out of 10 Canadians are concerned with plastics pollution in groundwater sources and drinking water, almost nine out of 10 are concerned about plastics pollution in soil and food eaten and more than 7 out of 10 are concerned about plastics pollution’s impact on long term human health.

“These findings are a powerful signal. Public anxiety over plastics pollution has moved from the impact on ocean wildlife to how they live their daily lives – that is the impact on water, soil, food and human health” observed Beatrice Olivastri, CEO, Friends of the Earth.

Even though Canada was one of the first countries in the world to ban microbeads in a handful of consumer products, poll respondents believe it hasn’t gone far enough or fast enough. Almost 8 out of 10 respondents believe Canada should extend its microbeads ban to all plastics pollution that goes down drains and toilets, including so-called “flushable” wipes.

Oraclepoll President, Paul Seccaspina, says “Canadians know their local issues and they’ve been worried about local water for a long time. Plastics pollution is now a worrisome part of that picture.”

A Brief Footnote from Niagara At Large publisher and long-time environment writer Doug Draper –

For those who may not be aware, Friends of the Earth is one of the oldest and most influential environmental groups in the world, with roots going back to the middle years of the last century and the onset of a global environmental movement going back at least as far as the very first Earth Day on April 22nd of 1970.

In fact, Friends of the Earth produced a best-selling “Environmental Handbook” for the first Earth Day which can still be found in used book stores near you and which contained chapters from many of the top researchers around the world, including chapters that, as far back as 49 years ago, warned the world about the oncoming climate emergency.

The Canadian chapter of Friends of the Earth was organized by a group of dedicated volunteers in the late 1970s.

About Friends of the Earth Canada –

Friends of the Earth Canada stands on guard for Mother Earth and her people — taking action to confront polluters, holding governments to account for their promises and insisting they enforce laws.

We insist that each and every resident of Canada deserves a clean, safe environment and can exercise his or her environmental rights to make it so.

We stand in solidarity with vulnerable people and communities to confront the impacts of climate change and toxic pollution.

For more information on the Canadian chapter of Friends of the Earth and its advocacy work, click on – .

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One response to “Canadians Say Politicians Need to Tackle Plastics Pollution

  1. Gary Screaton Page

    I remember well the movie The Graduate. As Dustin Huffman is treading water in the family pool, his neighbour tells him how plastics are the future! Now we see that future: our now! There is not a cubic inch of sea water that does not contain microscopic particles of plastic. Nor is there a dead whale, and very few sea animals that are not invaded by plastics in one form or another.
    I tried, in view of this story today, to see how long I could go without connecting in some way with plastic. The fridge I opened has plastic, the peanut butter jar is plastic, and a large part of my car is plastic. I didn’t last 5 minutes! If anyone still believes climate change and environmental pollution are not humanity driven, try seeing how long you can go without encountering plastic! You won’t go a day either.
    If our leaders don’t wake up to the reality there will be little left to enjoy for our grandchildren. The solution to pollution is not dilution. It is us!


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