Canada will use its presidency of the G7, as it hosts the G7 leaders’ summit in Charlevoix, Quebec in June this year, to push for improved ocean protection, including from plastic waste. In an effort to raise awareness of the enormous amounts of garbage ending up in the world’s oceans, Canada signed on the United Nations Clean Seas campaign last year. At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Prime Minister Trudeau led a roundtable discussion with other political representatives, academics, and executives from multinational corporations including Coca-Cola and Unilever, regarding ocean protections. Access the full iPolitics report here.
In a recent study in the journal Science, the authors find that the likelihood of coral disease increases from 4% to 89% when in contact with plastic, and “estimate that 11.1 billion plastic items are entangled on coral reefs across the Asia-Pacific and project this number to increase 40% by 2025. Plastic waste management is critical for reducing diseases that threaten ecosystem health and human livelihoods.” Access the full report here.