This past weekend, hundreds of people headed out to their local shorelines to make a difference in their own communities. Five official events were held by the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre and WWF-Canada to celebrate the success of the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, presented by Loblaw Companies Limited. To date, a total of approximately 1,207 kilograms of litter was removed with the help of 703 participants.
Here are some of the highlights from coast to coast.
Despite the pounding rain, a little more than 300 people showed up at Iona Beach Regional Park removing approximately 700 kilograms of litter. With some of the more unusual items being a sand mould and part of a piano, the piano action. A huge thanks to our provincial sponsor YVR Vancouver International Airport for helping make this event a success.
The 115 participants who braved the forecasts of an impending thunderstorm were rewarded with amazing blue skies at Woodbine Beach. Together, they removed 175 kilograms of litter, mostly cigarette butts, plastic bottle caps and non-grocery plastic bags. Angry Bird crocs, a home compost bin, toy truck and Buddha statue were also found just to make things a little more interesting.
Along the Rideau Canal near Pariliament Hill, 56 kilograms of litter was picked up by 46 participants. Nothing too unusual, just lots of cigarette butts, plastic bottle caps and food wrappers.
Parks Canada joined WWF-Canada in Montreal to host a mix of 73 adults and children who removed 168 kilograms of litter. Not surprisingly, cigarette butts, pieces of plastic and pieces of styrofoam were the top three polluters along the shores of Lachine Canal near Écluses Saint-Gabriel.
At Black Rock Beach in Point Pleasant Park, 164 Nova Scotians removed a little more than 107 kilograms of shoreline litter. Among the mostly cigarette butts, food wrappers and plastic foam packaging, participants also discovered a small camping barbeque, a hard cover book, pirate underwear and a message in a bottle! Saturday, September 19 was also International Talk Like a Pirate Day, coincidence? I think not! Arrgh! Some matey lost their skivvies!
If you missed the celebration events but want to make a difference in your community, sign up or create your own shoreline cleanup event any time of year across Canada. Join the 50,000 Canadians who have already committed to making their shorelines a cleaner and safer place.
The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup is a joint conservation initiative of the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre and WWF-Canada, presented by Loblaw Companies Limited and supported by Ricoh Canada. You can take a stand against shoreline litter in your community by signing up for a cleanup in your neighbourhood today.