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Calling on Canada: Stop Hazardous Waste Dumping on the Developing World
National and international environmental health organizations are urging the Canadian government to ratify the BAN Amendment to the Basel Convention and end the exportation of waste to developing countries. One of the primary objectives of the Basel Convention is to have countries take responsibility for their own wastes in their own country and, in particular, stop the practice of exporting wastes to developing countries. IPEN, in collaboration with Basel Action Network, Canadian Environmental Law Association, Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace Canada, Health and Environmental Justice Support, and Toronto Environmental Alliance, delivered letters to the Canadian Minister of the Environment, Catherine McKenna, and leaders of all Canadian political parties, in advance of the October 2019 elections. The letter (which can be downloaded and read here) urges immediate action for scientifically sound and environmentally responsible action to stop hazardous waste shipments to developing countries.