G7 ocean plastic charter ‘not enough’: advocates
Following the announcement that five countries endorsed a non-binding plastics charter at the G7 conference on Saturday, British Columbia plastic pollution advocates say the move is just not enough.
Canada will invest $100 million toward ridding the oceans of global marine litter, according to a federal government release that touted the move as a step for the environment and “for businesses that will benefit from reducing the cost associated with plastic use.”
Josh Temple, a captain who founded Clayoquot Cleanup on the west coast of Vancouver Island after noticing piles of ocean plastics wash up on the shores, told Starmetro he would rather see legislation that holds industry accountable for waste in waterways.
“We are giving them a free pass in the marine environment and not asking them to contribute meaningful funding towards cleaning it up,” he said. “This creates an unsustainable and unequitable agreement.”
Neither the United States nor Japan signed the voluntary agreement.
Minister Yasunari Morino from the Embassy of Japan told Starmetro the nation shares the objective, however, the charter expects countries to institute a wide range of regulatory measures around plastic use and “they include various commodities used in modern life.”
Read about how other countries’ pollution is effecting B.C. and how Canada plans to combat it at thestar.com
Surfrider Foundation — one of the many non-profit groups in British Columbia dedicated to cleaning up plastic and marine debris from the shores — participates in a shore clean up at Wreck Beach.