Tons of Canadian garbage, in 69 cargo containers, has been raising a stink in the Philippines for six years, and their fed up government is finally sending it all back to us.
As the ship carrying tons of our trash makes its way to British Columbia, The Rebel is going on the road to get the facts — not the "green" spin Minister of the Environment Catherine McKenna is putting on this environmental and diplomatic disaster.
You see, for some strange reason, Minister of the Environment Catherine McKenna is absolutely ecstatic to be repatriating this garbage, to then incinerate it and turn it into electricity.
Since McKenna doesn’t have more than a surface level understanding of pretty much anything, let's break down for her the climate impact of this whole debacle:
First: the transportation costs. Six years ago, this waste was put on trucks bound for the Vancouver shipyard. Dozens and dozens of containers. Then they were they loaded and shipped on a diesel guzzling transport vessel to the Philippines. Six years later, all of that ground and sea will be re-covered to send it to an incineration facility on top of a mountain in B.C.
Second: methane generation. Studies show that over the first year of garbage being set in anaerobic conditions, similar to those of a shipping container, 0.12 tonnes of methane is emitted.
Methane is a greenhouse gas, which as Liberals will tell you with horrified looks on their faces, has 2500 per cent more of an impact on global temperature per molecule when compared to a molecule of CO2.
It has been reported that the garbage in question weighed approximately 1,350 tonnes.
This means upwards of 162 tonnes of methane and over 4,000 metric tonnes of CO2e were emitted in just the first year it sat stagnant in the Philippines.
And remember: It was there for six years.
For the third and final emission point comes the actual burning.
To learn about the noxious gasses and heavy metals this final part of the process will produce, WATCH our report.
All this is why Jessica Swietoniowski is headed to the Philippines next week, to ask the people what they think about one of the richest countries in the world sending them their trash.
I’m a proud Canadian but I’m ashamed of all this.
And if you can, please help cover her economy-class airfare to the Philippines, to cover this important diplomatic and environmental story.
It’s a long journey but one we need to take, with your help, to report things about this scandal that you’ll never hear on the CBC.
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