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Plastic pollution is a problem locally and globally; it's a problem on land and in our water systems, from rivers and lakes to oceans and seas; it's also in our sandy desserts and arctic areas. It’s everywhere, seemingly inescapable.
Persistent, plastics in our natural environment do not break down. Plastic is not biodegradable, however, it will break down into smaller pieces called micro plastics. Unfortunately, these micro plastics are often eaten by wildlife and make their way into our food systems and drinking water, too.
Devastated by the plastic pollution problem? We don’t have to stand by and watch it all happen. Instead we can take action. We all have a role to play in defending a healthy natural environment as individuals, at all levels of government, as businesses, and organizations.
Want to learn more about how you can get involved? Check out Environmental Defence Canada’s campaign Ending Plastic Pollution to learn how you can make your voice heard and help affect change. Here are some good reads on Environmental Defence Canada's website:
Worldwide, 8 million tones of plastic gets dumped into our oceans every year.
Only 11% of plastic in Canada actually gets recycled. On top of that, Canadians throw out enough Styrofoam to fill 208 Olympic-sized swimming pools each year, and use 2.86 billion plastic bags a year.
Want to get involved locally in Canada? Here are some things you can do:
Take action and support the campaign to ask the federal government to create a national plastics strategy to make Canada a plastic-free environment by 2025.
5 Quick Tips for Living Plastic Free:
Skip the straw, bring your own
Remember your reusable bags
Bring your own travel mug
Use a reusable water bottle
Carry your own cutlery
We are all in this together. Earth is what we all have in common, regardless of where we live on this planet. Find resources where you live to ignite local and global change for a plastic-free planet!