Courtney Jones

The Plastic Ban

2019-06-21

A few days ago, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that he would ban single-use plastics in our country likely beginning in 2021. The timing of this announcement could not have been better, as World Oceans Day was just two days prior.

It comes as no surprise to anyone who consumes any kind of public media that our oceans are full of plastic, down to the deepest depths that they go you can find even the smallest pieces of non-biodegradable garbage. This is harmful in more ways than one. Plastics in our ocean not only harm the ecosystem, aquatic creatures and even land animals, but these plastics can often end up in our own food supply.

An article by National Geographic discusses the issue of ocean plastic in great detail. It talks about how aquatic species often end up consuming these micro-plastics, which alters the feeding behaviour of the species and ultimately leads to death of the species.

The banning of single use plastics by the Canadian government is a step in the right direction. With no environment, there is nothing. No food to eat, no water to drink, no habitable planet. There is no greater danger today than an unsustainable planet. I’m glad to see Canada joining the environmental movement and making such a bold, but necessary, policy decision.

While banning single-use plastics is definitely an important decision, it’s now time we take a deeper look at the impact the oil industry is having on our planet. Transportation, through gas and other fuel, is responsible for over half of the pollution in the United States. However, the oil industry has been good for the global economy. Maybe it’s time we take some of the money that oil has made and re-invest it into more sustainable methods of energy and fuel. Maybe it’s time we invest in innovation and change.

Who shouldn’t want to spend a little bit of money if it means saving the world?


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