Vancouver Aquarium’s Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup team is gearing up for another exciting year of Shoreline Cleanups across Canada. Did you know that 2016 was our biggest year for shoreline cleanups ever? More than 2,300 cleanups empowered 75,000+ participants across Canada — something we’re extremely proud of. The start of a new year is a perfect time to get things off to a positive start. For our team, that means coming up with some Shoreline Cleanup resolutions.
Kate Le Souef, manager: This year, I am clearing out my cupboards, and donating and recycling items I don’t need anymore. Instead of purchasing new things, I’m going to try to buy used wherever possible. There are so many items in great condition on Facebook and Craigslist, which reduce packaging waste and save money.
Tanya Otero, volunteer engagement coordinator: One of my favourite things is being in nature, but more often than I’d like I find my face buried in technology. While the scenic landscapes I have set as screen backgrounds are serene, they don’t compare to being in a forest or listening to the sounds of a creek. This year I am determined to create more opportunities to spend time outdoors no matter if it’s a small local park or taking public transit to one of my favourite hiking spots.
Susan Debreceni, outreach specialist: I love taking strolls and exploring the neighbourhoods of Toronto, unfortunately, one thing I also discover is litter. My resolution is to pick it up and prevent it from reaching nearby storm drains (a very unique type of shoreline). It’s easy to let the sight of litter become part of the background, but this year I refuse (pun intended) to let that happen.
Sarah Odell, recruitment coordinator: I have picked up some great habits working for Shoreline Cleanup over the last few years but I know there is still room for improvement. This year I want to be a better consumer. My personal definition of “better” is to first decide if the item is a need or a want, and before buying anything new, research if I can get it used, borrow it or even make it myself.
Amanda Chouinard, Canada Green Corps educator: As a new member of the Shoreline Cleanup team, I will start paying closer attention to the items I use on a daily basis and what the end of their life looks like. My resolution is to reduce the use of items with a short lifespan that will end up in a landfill and potentially enter the marine environment.
We’re committed to our mission to keep Canada’s shorelines free of litter. We believe that taking part in a Shoreline Cleanup is the first step towards reducing waste and building a sense of stewardship for our beautiful natural spaces. We’ll have a brand new website launching in time for spring which will make joining a Shoreline Cleanup easier than ever. Want to register a cleanup before then? Send us an email.
The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, presented by Loblaw Companies Limited and supported by Ricoh Canada, YVR and OLG, is a joint conservation initiative of the Vancouver Aquarium and WWF-Canada. Find out more at www.shorelinecleanup.ca