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Citizen science could help address Canada’s plastic pollution problem
Plastics are one of the ocean’s biggest problems, accounting for 60-95% of marine litter. Luckily, Canada is one of the countries around the world that have committed to finding ways to reduce plastic pollution with the federal government announcing a single-use plastics ban by 2021. Initiatives such as the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup help raise citizen awareness and encourage solutions, while also nudging governments to move towards policy changes that help mitigate plastic pollution. Citizen Scientists are proving helpful in bridging the gap between communities and scientists, while also assisting government bodies about the types of marine debris in the area as well as their distribution.