Nearly a tonne of waste is generated per person in Ontario each year. If we don’t have the facilities to deal with it and it’s increasingly becoming a state of emergency for the environment - why not just ban it? This is exactly what Ontario is now eyeing with the NDP poised to introduce a private member's bill that calls for the phase-out of single-use plastics by 2025.
Like everything on the planet, our lakes, rivers, streams, oceans and the water cycle itself are heavily impacted by climate change. It is important at every step of the way to remember that climate change = water change. Anyone who is interested in protecting our waterways must also be aware and vocal about the impacts of climate change.
As the momentum builds around the movement to rid our planet and our waterways of the endless stream of plastic generated by our throwaway society, community beach cleanups have gained in popularity in recent years. An opportunity for people to come together and clean the trash - big and small - from their beloved beaches, there’s nothing more satisfying than restoring a litter strewn environment back to its pristine state.