Plastics and our health
Plastic is convenient and hygienic - at least that's what we've been told. The evidence tells another story.
Over the past few decades, humans have dumped tons upon tons of plastic waste into the ocean which will take thousands of years to decay.
As a result, fish and wildlife are becoming intoxicated, and toxins from plastics have entered our food chain, threatening human health. In the most polluted places in the ocean, the mass of plastic exceeds the amount of plankton six times over.
We can take steps now to reduce toxicity in our water and human systems by banning single-use plastic bags. They are an ecological danger because, like other forms of plastic, they degrade into microplastics and further leach into soils, groundwater, and the ocean.
CVNHE has advocated for the banning of single-use plastic bags across the Comox Valley. We have made formal requests to the three municipal councils, the CVRD and K'ómoks First Nation. So far, Cumberland adopted the bylaw on March 25th to ban single-use plastic bags and straws as of July 1, 2019. Other councils will soon be presenting their staff reports on the issue.
THE NURSES IN YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD
CVNHE is honoured to count Marielle Tattman as a member. She is in her final year at North Island College in the Bachelor of Science and Nursing programme. She hosts a podcast "These Are The Nurses In Your Neighbourhood" which explores human and environmental health issues. Marielle interviews Registered Nurses and sustainability heroes from the Comox Valley and beyond.
ACTION IN OUR COMMUNITY
North Island College Bachelor of Nursing students are involved in community engagement and are educating the public encouraging the use of reusable bags as a Comox Valley wide ban on single-use bags is being considered.
Community engagement events by CVNHE on this issue have taken place on the NIC campus, the Comox Mall, Mark Isfeld Secondary, Courtenay Lewis Centre and Brooklyn Elementary.