Twelve-year-old Jack is passionate about shoreline cleanups.Photo credit: Jack Mogus.
From an early age, Jack Mogus has been an active volunteer in his community in Oakville, O.N., currently serving on several advisory and steering committees advocating for numerous social justice initiatives. However, 12-year-old Jack is also passionate about environmental issues, and his enthusiasm for change caught our attention.
Jack’s passion for the environment is apparent along the shorelines of his hometown, where you’ll find him participating in his third consecutive Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup this spring (and this year for the first time as a site coordinator, with the aid of his parents). When asked about his involvement with the Shoreline Cleanup, Jack responded, “It really bothered me to see the beach so dirty – blackish-brown and oily. I want to give back to my community, and I want to protect the environment.”
The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup is a joint direct action conservation initiative of the Vancouver Aquarium and WWF. The Cleanup is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year with an expanded spring shoreline cleanup program. Registration is now open for schools, scout and guide groups in Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and Québec, and cleanups run from April 1 through June 30, 2013.
This spring, the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup is focused on inspiring children and youth to learn about pollution and the environment. Jack told us that “the shoreline cleanup is a great way to create awareness in our community for protecting and preserving our waterways – it actively engages youth to see firsthand how their efforts can make a huge difference in cleaning our environment.”
It was no surprise that when asked about his future career goals, Jack responded, “I’d really like to be an environmental engineer.” Thanks for all your hard work Jack; your passion for the environment is a great example and inspiration!
Join Jack and others across Canada during this spring’s Shoreline Cleanup – register as a site coordinator or participant today at ShorelineCleanup.ca.