The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, presented by Loblaw Companies Limited, and jointly led by Vancouver Aquarium and WWF, is launching a volunteer sign-up registry to help address the anticipated arrival of Japanese tsunami debris on Canada’s West Coast. This new registry will support local, provincial and federal cleanup planning efforts.
Add your name to the registry via ShorelineCleanup.ca/tsunami.
As debris arrives and accumulates on shores along the Canadian West Coast, registrants will be contacted for activation by local Shoreline Cleanup site coordinators with details outlining cleanup locations, dates and times.
The new registry provides the opportunity to connect concerned citizens with local communities needing support. The devastating tsunami that hit the Japanese coast in March 2011 washed millions of tonnes of debris into the ocean. It is estimated that up to 1.5 million tonnes of debris may reach the North American West Coast, but it is unknown as to when it will arrive, and in what amount.
Ocean debris poses one of the biggest challenges to our oceans and waterways. Although preventing debris resulting from tragic natural disasters isn’t always possible, there are actions that can be taken to help address the issue.
Shoreline litter is a larger issue that goes beyond just one incident. Through direct-action efforts such as the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, individuals, teams and groups can do their part to help keep our waters clean and assist communities who will need this support.
Participating in the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup is one way individuals and groups can directly contribute, helping to make our oceans more resilient – now and for generations to come. The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup has recruited and trained volunteers for the past 19 years, and is best known for its fall cleanup campaign, which, this year, will take place from Sept. 15-23, 2012. Registration is also open for the fall cleanup at ShorelineCleanup.ca. Last year 56,000 Canadians participated in clean-ups in 1,600 locations across the country.