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CPIA Supports The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup


Aug 28, 2013 - 5 years ago

By Supply Post

Imagine crossing Canada three times end to end — between Vancouver, B.C. to St. John’s, N.L. That distance — 21,775 kilometers — is about the length of shorelines in this country cleaned throughout the 20-year history of the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup.

After summer recreation, the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup is an ideal chance for everyone to make a difference in their communities by cleaning shorelines of potentially harmful litter. This fall, the communities will come together to keep their local lakes and rivers clean and healthy for everyone, including the wildlife and people who depend on them. Since 1994, the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup has mobilized over 500,000 individuals across Canada to take action keeping our waters healthy for the wildlife and communities that depend on them.

By removing shoreline litter from waterways, participants in the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup are helping prevent animal entanglement, water contamination and dangers for water-based activities such as boating and swimming. Over its history, the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup has helped to remove approximately 1.2 million kilograms of shoreline litter — the approximate weight of 259 school buses.

Celebrating its 20th anniversary this fall, the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup is a joint conservation initiative between Vancouver Aquarium and WWF. It is the largest direct-action conservation initiative in Canada. This fall’s Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup will take place from September 21-29, 2013. You can get involved in your very own community by adopting a local shoreline as a site coordinator, or by volunteering with an existing cleanup. Registering is easy, visit Shoreline Cleanup.ca.

Shoreline cleanups can happen along the edge of any body of water - rivers, ponds, lakes, beaches and anywhere else where land and water meet. This year, the Vancouver Aquarium and WWF are aiming to have over 64,000 Canadians participate in the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup - and we hope you’ll be one of them.

“CPIA is very proud to be a site sponsor of the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup” says Carol Hochu, President and CEO, CPIA. “This national conservation effort is a great chance for everyone to get involved and play an important role in keeping our rivers and lakes healthy for our community and the plants and animals that rely on our waters for survival.”

“Shoreline litter does more than mar the beauty of our ecosystems; it puts wildlife and people at risk. The impact of shoreline litter is far-reaching,” says Cathy Cirko, Vice President, CPIA. “The good news is that through the Shoreline Cleanup, there is something we can do to be part of the solution.”

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