We see it everywhere — littering the ground during our daily walks and commutes, or floating in our local ravines, rivers, lakes and oceans.

Plastic pollution is a global crisis. And in Canada, just 11 per cent of our plastic pollution actually gets recycled.

It’s time for the federal government to crack down on toxic plastic pollution.

That’s why today, on the eve of the G7 Summit meeting in Charlevoix, Quebec and World Oceans Day, the Ecojustice team took action.

Earlier today, Ecojustice lawyers sent a letter urging Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna to add plastics — including microplastics, microfibers and single-use plastics — to the Priority substances list under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA).

In recent months, the European Union has proposed a microplastics ban. It has also committed to collect and recycle most plastics by 2025. Now, we argue, Canada must do its part.

Minister McKenna is required by law to respond to our request within 90 days. Inclusion of plastics on CEPA’s Priority Substance List would require her to formally assess the harm caused by plastic pollution and is the first step toward restricting or banning specific classes of plastic products and packaging.

There’s no time to waste.

Plastics are already showing up in our drinking water, the air we breathe, and our food chain. By 2050, it is estimated that there will be more plastics in our oceans than fish.

You can help us make sure Canada cracks down on toxic plastic pollution by making a donation today. Plus, thanks to a generous Ecojustice supporter, your gift will be matched, dollar-for-dollar up to $50,000!

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