Keep Plastics Out of Our Water

For years industry and inviduals have ignored the flow of plastics into our oceans and waterways. Over time we have come to understand how damaging this is to our wildlife and ecosystems. Globally, if this practice goes unchanged it is projected that by 2050 plastics in our oceans will outweigh fish.

Canada needs a national stategy to find real solutions to plastics in our waters.

On November 2, 2017, MP Gord Johns put forward a motion, M-151, A National Strategy to Combat Plastic Pollution. The motion to the House of Commons aims to:

  • Create a permanent, dedicated, and annual funding for community led clean-up projects
  • Reduce consumer and industrial use of ‘single use’ plastics
  • Create a plan to cleanup derelict fishing gear
  • Promote education and outreach campaigns on the root causes and negative environmental effects of plastic pollution

Gord began to work with local environmental champions to take on the challenge of marine debris and ocean plastics after the Hanjin Marine Debris Spill in November of 2016. After 35 shipping containers broke apart and washed up onto the shores of the west coast of Vancovuer Island, volunteers worked tirelessly to contain the spill. Despite promises of federal funding to compensate them for their costs, funding never arrived. Canada needs a stategy that assists organziations helping to perseve their coastal communities and gets to the root of the plastic problem. 

Gord highlighted the urgent need for a National Stategy when he introduced M-151 to the House of Commons.


See Gord in the House of Commons fighting for our coasts and waters:

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The motion draws from recommendations published by the University of Victoria’s Environmental Law Centre in August. See the full report for more information.

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Want to sign the petition?

Please click on the file below to download a paper copy of the Petition to establish National Strategy to Combat Plastic Pollution in Aquatic Environments.