Plastics impact the health of our oceans and wildlife. Plastic bag litter has a lethal effect on countless numbers of seabirds, turtles, whales and seals annually. Read our article, “Of Whales and Plastic.”
On behalf of our marine ecosystems and future generations, we commend Thrifty Foods for their leadership in eliminating plastic bags from distribution.
Did You Know?
Countless plastic bags end up in our ocean, causing harm to marine wildlife. Researchers calculate there is six times more plastic than plankton in the Pacific Ocean.
Many marine animals and birds mistakenly ingest plastic or become entangled and choke on plastic bags that are afloat. Surface-feeding species of birds, such as albatrosses, shearwaters, petrels and gulls are the most susceptible to eating plastic debris.
Even whales have been found washed ashore with stomachs full of plastic bags. It is estimated 100,000 marine mammals and one million marine birds die each year because of plastic litter in the world’s oceans.
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Giving to Raincoast enables you to protect what you love most.
For 25 years, Raincoast has been furthering biodiversity conservation in BC. Thanks to your generous donations, among many other accomplishments, we have been able to end commercial trophy hunting of large carnivores in over 38,000 square kilometers of the Great Bear Rainforest, begin acquiring forest land in order to protect threatened Coastal Douglas-fir ecosystems, aid recovery of endangered Southern Resident killer whales by restoring Chinook salmon habitat, and establish a university research lab dedicated to applied conservation science. Strong partnerships are integral to our success.
Our efforts need to be maintained and advanced, now more than ever. As the biodiversity and climate crises collide, your support allows us to continue to make tangible conservation gains.
Biodiversity protection is the most important gift we can give the next generation. Join us as a Raincoaster today!