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e-1415 (Protection of the environment)

Initiated by Chloe Dubois from Surrey, British Columbia

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Government of Canada

  • Plastics in our oceans, lakes, rivers and other bodies of water pose a dire threat to sensitive ecosystems, wildlife, communities, and individuals; and
  • Plastics make their way into these bodies of water in a variety of ways including: storm water outfalls; global ocean tides and currents; and direct industrial and consumer waste disposal.
We, the undersigned, the citizens of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to adopt M-151, to establish a national strategy to combat plastic pollution, and to work with the provinces, municipalities, and indigenous communities to develop a national strategy to combat plastic pollution in and around aquatic environments, which would include the following measures:
1. Regulations aimed at reducing:
(a) Plastic debris discharge from stormwater outfalls;
(b) Industrial use of micro-plastics including, but not limited to, microbeads, nurdles, fibrous microplastics and fragments; and
(c) Consumer and industrial use of single-use plastics, including, but not limited to, plastic bags, bottles, straws, tableware, polystyrene (foam), cigarette filters, and beverage containers.
2. Permanent, dedicated, and annual funding for:
(a) Cleanup of derelict fishing gear;
(b) Community led projects to clean up plastics and debris on shores, banks, beaches and other aquatic peripheries; and
(c) Education and outreach campaigns on the root causes and negative environmental effects of plastic pollution in and around all bodies of water.
Open for signature
December 12, 2017, at 5:04 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
April 11, 2018, at 5:04 p.m. (EDT)
Photo - Gord Johns
New Democratic Party Caucus
British Columbia
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