Key Issues

Pollution

Health linked to Ecosystem

"The notion that discharging wastes into a place where humans do not currently reside somehow means these wastes are irrelevant to human health is rooted in outdated 19th century thinking. Now we know that all discharges of all substances disperse, accumulate, and recirculate in the global ecosystem." Dr. W. Bell

Sewage Pollution

Municipal sewage contains up to 70,000 manmade chemicals many of them are toxic. These toxins are not removed through the minimal sewage treatment many B.C. municipalities employ.

Pesticides

More and more studies are linking chemical pesticide usage to health related problems like rising cancer and asthma rates, and at the same time leading bio-scientists are questioning the need for the usage.

Plastics

50% or more of marine litter is in some form of plastic. Examples include: raw plastic pellets, plastic bags and sheeting, monofilament fishing nets and multi-pack soda can holders.

Industrial

Metro Vancouver has 6 wood product plants, 2 oil refineries, about 100 food processing plants, almost 50 metal and surface finishing plants and 13 chemical companies discharging wastewater with chemicals toxic to fish into the sewage system.

Offshore oil

On April 20, 2010 the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded killing eleven and discharged an estimated 4.9 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. This wasn't this first time a spill of this magnitude happened in the Gulf, and we don't appear to be any smarter 30 years later.