While the United States may face some serious setbacks under the new presidency in the realm of environmental issues, there is one national leader who’s doing something good. Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, has made it a point to spend 1.5 billion dollars on an ocean protection plan. This plan will include the development of a marine safety system, the restoration of ecosystems that are damaged, and will focus on cleaning oil pollution and conducting research on how oil can have less of a negative impact in the ocean.
This decision came after a tanker sank off the east coast of Vancouver. Trudeau said that the plan will make it a point to install stricter rules for business that have polluted in the past and continue to do so. The plan also highlights an increase in coast guards, rescue stations, and more inclusive dialogue with indigenous communities on the coast.
While many are thrilled that Trudeau has taken a huge step forward in protecting the ocean, citizens feel that their tax dollars are going to a lost cause. The Liberal Party of Canada has made a commitment toward saving marine life and protecting the oceans, stating “
“By 2020, at least 17 percent of terrestrial and inland water, and 10 percent of coastal and marine areas, especially areas of particular importance for biodiversity and ecosystem services, are conserved through effectively and equitably managed, ecologically representative and well connected systems of protected areas and other effective area-based conservation measures, and integrated into the wider landscapes and seascapes.” [Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, Target 11]
The Party under Trudeau’s administration aims to follow through with their commitment through encouraging community involvement, strengthening laws, and protecting the ocean from oil spills by monitoring crude oil. This is a step in the right direction for Canada, who can hopefully do some good and compensate for the retrogression The United States may face within the next four years on this issue.
Photo Taken from the Toronto Star.