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Communities to Protect Our Coast

Plastics in our enviroment

10 million tonnes of plastic waste lands up in the ocean every year.









A Plastic Ocean

Plastic Oceans Foundation is trying to make us aware by producing a film "A plastic ocean" showing massive problem that is affecting 600 marine species.  This injested plastic is producing toxic chemicals which is of a concern for human and other animal health. Watch the film trailer


Microplastics found in supermarket fish, shellfish : researchers say it's too soon to say what impact this has on food safety

Tiny particles of plastic that pollute oceans and lakes enter marine organisms, not just their guts but also their tissues.
Microplastics absorb or carry organic contaminants, such as PCBs, pesticides, flame retardants and hormone-disrupting compounds of many kinds.

The massive problem of microplastics | Feature | Education in Chemistry

https://eic.rsc.org/feature/the-massive-problem-of-microplastics/2000127.article
Microplastics are particularly problematic, and as the life cycle comes full .... the potential toxicological effects of microplastics on both wildlife and human health.


Beached whale in Norway had 30 plastic bags clogging up its stomach

www.startribune.com/in-norway-zoologist-find-30-plastic-bags...whale/412663583/
3 days ago - Beached whale in Norway had 30 plastic bags clogging up its stomach. ... "The (whale's) stomach was full of plastic," Lislevand said, adding that its intestine "had no food, only some remnants of a squid's head in addition to a thin fat layer."

A gooey pile of plastic and other human-made flotsam and jetsam, gathered in just half an hour from the Inner Harbour shoreline

Capital poised to join the movement sweeping out the use of plastic bags
Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps, who will be part of a panel discussion after the film showing, said a plastic-bag ban for the municipality is in the works. She said a six-month period of public education is underway, and in the fall a bylaw banning plastic bags will be put forward.

“We’ve got a responsibility as human beings, as a community, as a city to clean up our act, quite literally, so that the ocean is clean for generations to come,” Helps said. “It’s just as convenient — in fact, more convenient — to bring your reusable bags from home. It’s really simple.


Salt Spring Island home to Canada's first permanent zero-waste ...

globalnews.ca/.../salt-spring-island-home-to-canadas-first-permanent-zero-waste-groc...
Sep 5, 2016 - The country's first permanent zero-waste grocery store has opened on Salt ... is now home to Canada's first plastic and packaging free grocer.

The 6 Rs: making a sustainable impact – A Prosperous Way Down

https://prosperouswaydown.com/6rs-making-sustainable-impact/
Feb 2, 2013 - Recycling is one of the 6 Rs of sustainability. The 6 Rs include: reinvent/rethink, refuse, reduce, reuse/repair, recycle, replace/rebuy.

Banning plastic from one supermarket aisle

British businesswoman Sian Sutherland wants to make a dent in the volume of plastic waste polluting the world's oceans by encouraging supermarkets to ban plastic from one aisle.

 

 





Dangers of Kinder Morgan tank farm in Burnaby.

Must see video.


 

Democracy Watch and PIPE UP Network have applied for a judicial review of the environmental assessment certificate granted earlier this year by the province for Kinder Morgan Canada's $6.8-billion project.

Documents filed Tuesday in court say the approval process is tainted by $560,000 in political donations made over six years to B.C.'s Liberal party by Kinder Morgan and various oil shippers interested in using the pipeline.


Pipelines not the pathway to Paris solutions

Pipelines and fracked gas are not the pathway to Paris solutions; they are the path to increased wildfires, water shortages and other disasters. Read more by clicking on title.

 

Alberta tarsands produce 2 % GDP, while providing only 112,000 jobs.

The Leap Manifesto

The Leap Manifesto is non-partisan social and political initiative supporting the idea that we could live in a country powered entirely by renewable energy, woven together by accessible public transit, in which the jobs and opportunities of this transition are designed to systematically eliminate racial and gender inequality. Caring for one another and caring for the planet could be the economy’s fastest growing sectors. Many more people could have higher wage jobs with fewer work hours, leaving us ample time to enjoy our loved ones and flourish in our communities. A leap to a non-polluting economy creates countless openings for similar multiple “wins.” We want a universal program to build energy efficient homes, and retrofit existing housing, ensuring that the lowest income communities and neighbourhoods will benefit first and receive job training and opportunities that reduce poverty over the long term. We want training and other resources for workers in carbon-intensive jobs, ensuring they are fully able to take part in the clean energy economy. Please visit their website

Prime Minister has reversed his decision to procede with proportional representation. For more details see our "Electoral reform page"


A Plastic Ocean

Plastic Oceans Foundation is trying to make us aware by producing a film "A plastic ocean" showing massive problem that is affecting 600 marine species.  This injested plastic is producing toxic chemicals which is of a concern for human and other animal health. Watch the film trailer.

Please visit our "Plastics in our environment" page.


 

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