If you missed the litter sculptures at Ashbridges Bay last week, you’re not too late to participate in the solution to the problem the garbage sculptures were showcasing: the terrible impact of shoreline litter on ecosystems, wildlife, and people.
In 2002, the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup became a national program, providing all Canadians the opportunity to make a difference in local communities, while taking part in a nationwide event. The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup is a grassroots direct action conservation program that had over 50,000 participants in 2009. It aims to promote understanding and education about shoreline litter issues by engaging Canadians to rehabilitate shoreline areas through scheduled cleanups. The program influences Canadians to act not just during cleanup days (which this year are September 18-26, 2010), but year-round, so they become better environmental citizens.
There’s so much you can do to participate in The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup – you can become a site coordinator, which is where you organize a cleanup, or simply volunteer to help out an existing location like one in the cluster of sites in the Beach where shoreline cleaning will be carried out this year. There is great flexibility with the commitment: cleanups can range from a whole day to just a couple of hours, include friends and family or an entire community, add food and games to make a day of it…the possibilities are endless. And the rehab it provides our shorelines is essential.
To join a Beaches clean up team, or for more information, click here. Happy cleanup!