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Canadian Denial Essay

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Is Canada a third world country? This question at first glance may appear obvious; however, if you look at our environmental impact it becomes clear we are slipping from grace and into disaster. The problem is growing faster than our mindsets are adapting. Unfortunately, the public and the Government are in denial. Canadians seem to think if there is an abundance of something, it can be wasted. This conception is dangerous and unhealthy. Canada is not doing nearly enough to improve the environment.

The largest shameful and damaging aspect of our denial is demonstrated by how our nation treats our water. Water is an extremely essential substance for humans and life, as we know it. If ...view middle of the document...

There should be filtering plants before any wastewater is dumped back into our waters. There should also be more regulation of industries to lower contaminants. Industries of higher risks include agriculture and mining.

Another place Canada is in denial is with landfills. According to a recent study, Canada produces a staggering 777 kilograms per capita; that is more than double the rate of the lowest country in the study Japan (CBCnews, 2013). In addition, the study found that we were the worst in that category and several others (CBCnews, 2013). This is an embarrassment to our nation. However, to be fair to individual citizens the majority of this waste is produced by industries. Still, that is an abhorred excuse; the industries in Canada should not be that wasteful.

This problem is actually getting worse over time. Canada’s municipal waste generated per capita has been on a steady rise since 1990 (“Municipal Waste,” 2013). What can we do to solve this problem? Well the Canadian government should encourage economic growth in industries that are not heavily dependent on our natural resource. They should enact legislation for more regulation or higher penalties for waste. They should also encourage education about this issue, so Canadians could determine their own decisions.

Something else Canada is falling behind in is our recycling sector. The government is simply unwilling to modernize. Our nation disposes of twenty six million metric tons per year and redirects eight million (Statcan, 2013). That is about twenty-four percent. It would be reasonable to think that is impressive; however, if compared to Germany it just does not measure up. The Germans are the recycling leaders of the world. They boast an incredible seventy five percent-recovery rate as of 2007 (Statistisches Bundesamt, 2009). For municipal waste, they redirect another seventy-five percent from going to landfills Statistisches Bundesamt, 2009). They appear to be capable of reaching their goal of over ninety-five percent of redirection by 2020.

We should idolize the Germans for they are an inspiration. The important lessons we can learn from the Germans are numerous. They appear to be highly conscientious about the environment. Their attitude towards recycling is similar to our stance of not driving drunk. They built their country’s economy on the basis that recycled goods are worth more than non-recycled. They are losing the concept of not recycling.

The final place Canada is neglecting is our emissions of greenhouse gases. This denials’ foundation is somewhat...

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