Protect Our Waters: There must be a solution to reducing plastic waste, Canada shd lead!
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The UN has launched the #CleanSeas campaign aimed at reducing ocean plastic waste. With 10 countries signed on already, it aims to achieve a massive reduction in plastic waste via packaging, bags, bottles, and micro beads by the year 2022.
With 9.1 million tonnes of plastic waste entering our oceans in 2015 - that number expected to double by 2025, we are reaching levels of plastic pollution in our water systems the pose a risk to many species on earth - including humans.
Plastics are able to absorb chemicals from their surrounding environments, up to levels staggeringly higher than what would naturally occur in these ecosystems. As these small particles are ingested by fish and birds, and move up the food chain, these toxins accumulate and bio-magnify up the food chain before eventually being consumed by humans and other large predators.
These plastics are a physical threat to ecosystems as well, causing death via obstruction, strangulation, and as a result of other injuries many species sustain due to plastic waste.
The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, while difficult to measure, it's has had its size estimated between that of Texas and the continental United States, and now, with new research performed on the Great Lakes, the government of Ontario has reported up to 6.7 million particles of plastic per square kilometre were found (about 7 per square metre), with the highest count occurring in Humber Bay of Toronto.
Canada should be a leader on cleaning up this mess. Please help.
Jim Carey 289-470-6245
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