Valley students participate in nation’s largest conservation-based cleanup program

Valley students will join thousands of Canadians by taking an active role in protecting our aquatic ecosystems against shoreline litter.

Close to 200 students from four schools are participating in the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, a conservation partnership of Ocean Wise® and WWF-Canada, presented by Loblaw Companies Limited.

Comox Valley Schools is pleased to be taking part in this major nation-wide initiative and initiative to keep local shorelines clean and in supporting Ocean Wise® in its commitment with WWF-Canada to inspire Canadians to protect aquatic wildlife and keep all shorelines free of litter.

Cleanups are scheduled as follows:

Date Site School Size
June 14, 10:30 Royston Road Dock Royston Elementary School 24
June 21, 12:30 Finlay Creek Huband​ Park Elementary 60
June 24, 15:30 Towhee Creek G.P. Vanier (Environment Club) 8
June 27, 09:00 Air Force Beach Airport Elementary School 100

 

Quick Facts​

  • This year, Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup enters its 25th season, celebrating more than 19,400 cleanups and 700,000 volunteers who have cleaned more than 1.2 million kg of trash from Canada's shorelines.
  • Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup is the largest conservation-based cleanup program in Canada.
  • The program began with a small group of Vancouver Aquarium volunteers organizing the first cleanup of a beach in Stanley Park, Vancouver in 1994.
  • In 2010, Ocean Wise, the parent organization of the Vancouver Aquarium, began delivering the program with WWF-Canada, a strong partnership that continues today.
  • In 2017, more than 77,000 Canadians took part cleaning up 2,990 kilometres of shorelines across the country.​
  • Last year, Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup volunteers prevented 88,721 kg of litter from entering waterways – That's equal to the weight of 98 walruses.
  • Single use plastic items are a top litter offender. Stacked end to end, the total straws cleaned from Canadian shorelines in 2017 were six and half times taller than the CN Tower.

 For more information about The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup visit www.shorelinecleanup.ca or  https://www.vanaqua.org/act/direct-action/great-canadian-shoreline-cleanup​

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