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e-2102 (Environmental pollution)

Initiated by Mike Cavanaugh from Kingston, Ontario

Original language of petition: English

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.
Government response tabled on July 17, 2019 (Sessional Paper No. 8545-421-220-03)
Open for signature
March 6, 2019, at 2:55 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
May 5, 2019, at 2:55 p.m. (EDT)
Presented to the House of Commons
Mark Gerretsen (Kingston and the Islands)
May 15, 2019 (Petition No. 421-03780)
Government response tabled
July 17, 2019
Photo - Mark Gerretsen
Kingston and the Islands
Liberal Caucus
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