Why did the sea turtle eat the plastic bag? Because she thought it was a jellyfish. And that’s no laughing matter!
More than 260 species of wildlife have ingested or become entangled in plastic, resulting in impaired movement and feeding, reduced productive output, lacerations, ulcers and death.
We must reduce our dependence on single use plastics like straws, coffee lids, bags and packaging. These items end up in our waters and the stomachs, noses and other organs of wildlife. In fact, if we don’t take action estimates are that there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean by 2050.
It’s the last straw.
In 2017 the Canadian Wildlife Federation, Canada’s largest conservation charity, launched a petition asking the federal government to show leadership on reducing Canada’s plastic footprint by reducing our reliance on single-use packaging.
Our goal was to have 10,000 petitions signed and we doubled that number. Thank you, Canada.
While we continue to encourage and support legislation to reduce plastic packaging, we also urge the public to reduce their dependence on frivolous single use plastics. Eighty per cent of ocean pollution is caused by human activity on land. Please say no to plastic straws, cutlery and containers, bring your own re-usable shopping bags, opt for clothing made from natural materials rather than synthetics which include microplastics, and drink tap water instead of bottled.
Visit CanadianWildlifeFederation.ca for more information, to make a donation to our not-for-profit charitable organization and to get involved in conservation.