CWF launches its own G7 strategies for Rivers to Oceans Week
“I commend the many Canadians that have volunteered to reduce their dependence on plastics and look forward to working with the public and legislators to ensure that our waters and the wildlife that depend on them are conserved for future generations,” said Rick Bates, CEO of CWF. “If united efforts are not taken there may be more plastics than fish in the ocean by 2050. We have to work together to turn the tide on pollution.”
Flowing from World Oceans Day June 8 through Canadian Rivers Day on June 10 and running concurrent to the 2018 G7 Summit in Quebec, Rivers to Oceans Week is the perfect launching point for concerted conservation efforts, Bates said. The Canadian Wildlife Federation created a website to help the public learn more about their plastic consumption and its effects on wildlife populations from coast to coast. Many species such as whales, sea lions, fish and sea turtles and birds are affected by pollution in a variety of ways including entanglements and ingestion of foreign substances which can lead to disease and death from cancers, liver disease and other problems.
“The Canadian Wildlife Federation is committed to understanding the extent to which plastics are infiltrating our waters as well as how they are affecting the wildlife that live there,” Bates said. ”CWF is also encouraging co-operative and innovative approaches to developing effective solutions on individual, national and international scales.”
The CWF G7 includes:
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