Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup planning 150 cleanups for World Environment Day

May 24 2017, 5:26 pm

We all know Canada is celebrating 150 years since Confederation this year–but it seems there’s some cleaning up to do first.

To get the job done, the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup is planning to lead 150 cleanups across Canada to celebrate World Environment Day weekend, June 2–June 5.

In a release, manager Rachel Schoeler says joining a Shoreline Cleanup is a chance to learn firsthand about the lasting impact litter has on our turtles, seabirds, whales and otters.

“One of the benefits of participating in a shoreline cleanup is being able to connect with nature,” said Schoeler in a release.

“Pollution is one of the biggest issues facing our waters today, having a significant impact on our ecosystems and aquatic life.

“We are asking Canadians to help keep our waters clean and healthy on World Environment Day and every other day of the year.”

Canada is host country of World Environment Day this year, so the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup is teaming up with the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change.

In a release, Catherine McKenna, Minister for Environment and Climate Change, said she was delighted to take action against shoreline litter.

“World Environment Day is an ideal opportunity for Canadians to embrace nature by cleaning up our shorelines and protecting Canada’s diverse aquatic ecosystems,” said McKenna.

“Together, on World Environment Day, we can celebrate our rich aquatic habitats and make a real difference.”

The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup is Canada’s largest conservation-based cleanup program, an initiative of the Vancouver Aquarium and WWF-Canada.

To join or lead a shoreline cleanup, check out all the cleanups happening in your area on the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup website.

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