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The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, presented by Loblaw Companies Limited, is one of the largest direct action conservation programs in Canada. A conservation partnership by Ocean Wise and WWF, the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup aims to promote understanding of shoreline litter issues by engaging Canadians to rehabilitate shorelines through cleanups.
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The Golden and Green Girls

Twin sisters Avneet and Ramneek Dhunna, of the Stay Golden and Green volunteer cleanup group, are inspiring high school students in Surrey, BC.

Avneet and Ramneek Dhunna are twin sisters and inspiring high school students from Surrey, BC that are taking a stand against shoreline litter. This dynamic duo is showing how easy it is to make a change by leading a shoreline cleanup, and are even taking the message to their school. We are honoured to spotlight […]

Posted on November 5, 2018 5 min read Continue reading
It's Campus Cleanup Month!

This October, help keep your campus and community litter free.

It is estimated that by 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean. Plastic pollution isn’t only an ocean issue – at least 80 per cent of the plastic in our oceans originates on land, including parks, sidewalks, and, yes, campuses. Your local campus is a part of nature and connected to […]

Posted on October 3, 2018 3 min read Continue reading
Scouts on the Shoreline

The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup talks with Scout Leader Henry Starzynski who has led Scouts on shoreline cleanups for 12 years and counting.

For some, shoreline cleanups become an annual tradition that they look forward to every year. Scout Canada Leader, Henry Starzynski, started leading shoreline cleanups with his Ottawa 72nd group 12 years ago. For him, it was an opportunity to do something important with the youth, as well as a chance to make a lasting impact […]

Posted on September 27, 2018 5 min read Continue reading
Country-Wide Cleanups Mark 25th Anniversary

On International Coastal Cleanup Day,  the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup celebrated its 25th anniversary with cross-country cleanups.

This past Saturday, an army of passionate volunteers descended on shorelines across the country to mark International Coastal Cleanup day and celebrate the 25th anniversary of the community-led Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup. Events took place across the country, and volunteers turned up in Richmond, B.C., Toronto, Ottawa and Halifax to clear shorelines of litter that […]

Posted on September 18, 2018 8 min read Continue reading
The 1,000-Strong Shoreline Cleanup

How do you organize one of the largest shoreline cleanups in Canada?

Every year, Edmonton teacher Nick Riemann leads a school-wide cleanup of nearly 1,000 student volunteers. The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup caught up with Nick to find out how science experiments in a marsh sparked a tradition of cleanups and his tips for coordinating an amazing large-scale endeavour. The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, presented by Loblaw […]

Posted on August 28, 2018 3 min read Continue reading
Butt Out 

A UBC study reveals yet another reason to bin cigarette butts properly.

UBC researchers analyzed data from 1,226 Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanups between 2013 and 2016 and recently announced a major discovery: 50 per cent of the waste recovered during cleanups of Vancouver and Victoria shorelines came from cigarettes. This, despite the fact that smoking on beaches has been banned in Vancouver for eight years, and in […]

Posted on August 16, 2018 3 min read Continue reading
How to Clean an Accidental Beach

When a sandy beach suddenly appeared along Edmonton's riverbanks, it brought beach-goers...and a lot of trash.

Who doesn’t love a sunny day at the beach? In 2017, downtown Edmonton got the surprise of the summer when a sandy beach appeared, completely by accident, on the shores of the North Saskatchewan River. The beach formed during construction of a bridge along the river, when temporary berms changed the currents of the river […]

Posted on July 16, 2018 3 min read Continue reading
Running for Ocean Health

Mountain Equipment Co-op's run clubs take Ocean Wise's #BePlasticWise pledge — and protect the ocean.

This past month, Matthew Bicknell, an outdoor enthusiast and local Mountain Equipment Co-op run club leader, began a challenge that would open his eyes to a far-reaching and often overwhelming problem: single-use plastics winding up in places where they have no business being. Matthew signed the #BePlasticWise pledge and started getting outdoors with his MEC […]

Posted on July 11, 2018 2 min read Continue reading

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