Petition to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change
8.3 billion metric tons of plastic have been produced since the 1950s;
Plastic is not biodegradable and could exist for hundreds or thousands of years;
Nearly two million single-use plastic bags are circulated worldwide every minute, and over one billion plastic bags are distributed annually in Canada;
Over 8 million metric tons of plastic enter the oceans annually, threatening 700 marine animal species;
Around 10,000 tons of plastic enter the Great Lakes annually, and microplastics can remain in drinking water even after water treatment;
Research finds that there are 1.1 million microbeads per square kilometre in Lake Ontario;
Extrapolating from current trends, plastic pollution will outweigh fish by 2050;
Some countries, including Kenya, Malibu, Morocco, Rwanda, South Korea, the UK, Vanuatu, and Zimbabwe, have mobilized to reduce the manufacture and use of plastics;
There are eco-friendly and cost-effective alternatives for non-biodegradable and single-use plastics
We must take action to combat climate change and achieve environmental sustainability; and
The involvement and initiative of Canada in reducing and eliminating plastic pollution would most definitely motivate other countries to contribute to positive change and would be the start of much-needed progress.
We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada, call upon the Minister of Environment and Climate Change to enact a ban on the production and distribution of all single-use plastics.
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