Media Advisory/Interview Opportunity: US and Canadian policy experts to discuss the plastic pollution crisis and its solutions at MPs/Senators Breakfast on Oct 27 on Parliament Hill

US environmental policy expert, Judith Enck, and Environmental Defence Plastics Program Manager, Karen Wirsig join host Arif Virani, MP

Ottawa | Traditional, unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishinaabeg People – On Thursday, October 27th, Arif Virani, MP, and Environmental Defence Canada will host a breakfast featuring Judith Enck of Beyond Plastics to discuss Canada’s failing strategy to meet its Zero Plastic Waste goal and the steps the federal government should take to get us on the path to success by 2030.

WHO: US environmental policy expert Judith Enck, an administrator at the Environmental Protection Agency during the Obama administration and now head of Beyond Plastics

Karen Wirsig, Plastics Program Manager at Environmental Defence

Arif Virani, Member of Parliament

WHAT: A breakfast for media, Members of Parliament and Senators following a short presentation about Canada’s plastic pollution crisis and what the government can do to solve it; photo and interview opportunities; refreshments will be served

WHEN: Thursday October 27, 2022, 8 to 9 am

WHERE: Wellington Building (180 Wellington St., Ottawa), Room 410

WHY: Canada will not achieve Zero Plastic Waste by 2030 without ambitious new tools, including expanded bans on Single Use Plastics and investments in local infrastructure to allow the reuse/refill of plastic packaging. Judith Enck of Beyond Plastics will speak about what Canada can do to take a leadership role in North America to solve the plastics crisis. Karen Wirsig, Environmental Defence, will cover recommendations outlined in the report, Recycling failure: a report card on provincial performance on plastic waste and the faulty logic behind Canada’s plastic pollution strategy.

ABOUT ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENCE (environmentaldefence.ca): Environmental Defence is a leading Canadian environmental advocacy organization that works with government, industry and individuals to defend clean water, a safe climate and healthy communities.

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For more information or to request an interview, please contact:
Brittany Harris, Environmental Defence, bharris@environmentaldefence.ca