By Caribbean News Global
OTTAWA, Canada – Prime minister, Justin Trudeau, virtually joined other world leaders today at the One Ocean Summit, hosted by France, to announce Canada will join international partnerships and initiatives toward reducing plastic pollution and protecting our oceans.
Prime minister of Canada Justin Trudeau, said: “Canadians know that our natural spaces are something to be cherished, not littered with trash. As we take action here at home to ban harmful single-use plastics, we’re stepping up on the world stage too. That’s why Canada is joining our international partners in the fight against ocean pollution. By working together to reach a future free from plastic waste, we are building a clean, healthy tomorrow for generations to come.”
PMO Media Relations reported that “no one wants to see plastic litter at the park, on a beach, or in our waterways. That’s why Canada is continuing to take strong action to reduce plastic pollution, protect biodiversity, and promote healthy, resilient oceans and coastal communities, here at home and around the world.”
These partnerships and initiatives include:
- Joining the High Ambition Coalition on Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction to advance the protection of marine biodiversity.
- Endorsing the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment, which unites more than 500 businesses and governments committed to taking prompt action to reduce plastic pollution.
- Supporting the development of a new, ambitious, and legally binding global agreement on plastics at the United Nations Environment Assembly that takes a full lifecycle approach to addressing plastic pollution.
These partnerships complement the many actions that Canada has already taken to eliminate plastic waste and protect our oceans. Here at home, the government continues to lead the world by example by tackling plastic pollution through a ban on harmful single‑use plastics, establishing recycled content requirements, and working with provinces and territories to make plastic producers responsible for their plastic waste. The government is also supporting ocean health through the development of a new, government-wide Blue Economy Strategy.
“Plastic pollution in our oceans is a growing problem that we must work together urgently to address. Our government has made it a top priority to eliminate plastic waste and pollution, including through a ban on harmful single-use plastics. We are working to move Canada toward a circular economy that keeps plastics in our economy and out of landfills. Canada is championing the Ocean Plastics Charter, and we will continue working with international partners to achieve an ambitious, legally binding global agreement on plastics,” said Steven Guilbeault, minister of environment and climate change.
With the longest coastline in the world and one quarter of the world’s freshwater, Canada is uniquely positioned to lead in reducing plastic pollution and protecting ocean health. The government will continue to work with partners at home and around the world to protect the environment and build a healthy future for generations to come.
“With the world’s longest coastline, bordering three oceans that are critical to the lives and livelihood of many Canadians, Canada is an ocean nation. As a coastal Canadian myself, I know how critical it is that we work together to protect our shared waters from the devastating impacts of plastic pollution. That’s why, along with our partners, our government is committed to reducing plastic pollution, and ensuring the conservation and regeneration of our ocean ecosystems for future generations,” said, Joyce Murray, minister of fisheries, oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard.