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Plastic Pollution

Eleanor McCloskey, JPIC Core Committee

Last June, at the G7 in Halifax, Prime Minister Trudeau announced the Ocean Plastics Charter, a commitment to move towards an international sustainable management of plastics. Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, said “Our commitment is to collect, reuse or recycle, at least 75 per cent of all our plastic waste by 2030.”  And “We are going to eliminate unnecessary single-use plastics throughout government operations. So, this includes straws, cutlery, packaging, cups, bottles but it also includes using our purchasing power to ensure that  we lead change and we drive sustainable plastics innovation,” she said. “It takes about five seconds to make a plastic bag. We use them for about five minutes. [Then] they last in our environment, in our oceans, for five centuries.  Let’s try to find alternatives to single-use plastics in our lives. 

 

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