Boyd: Why the G7 must take bold action on plastic pollution

This was posted more than 12 months ago. The information may be outdated.

By David R. Boyd, Ottawa Citizen, June 6, 2018

Canada, led by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, deserves credit for prioritizing plastic pollution in the lead-up to the G7 summit.

It is likely that the leaders’ declaration will embrace a long-term vision for zero plastic waste.

However, a leaders’ statement is only a first step. The G7 meeting offers Canada a platform to demonstrate genuine leadership by boldly advocating for a new global plastics treaty. Without a comprehensive and enforceable international law, air, water, wildlife and people will continue to be polluted by plastic.