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The Great Canadian Shore Cleanup

The Great Canadian Shore Cleanup is having their 20th Anniversary this week and to celebrate they are hosting a Thank You Lunch at Iona Beach on September 21st at 10 am.

This incredibly successful program is a staple for fall environmental activities. It dramatically helps reduce the waste on beaches left by the summer crowds.

Over the past twenty years 400,000 participants have managed to remove over 1,000,000 kilos of garbage. The program has become the third largest cleanup in the world.

The cleanup program is a national campaign, with sites in Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto. It runs all week from September 21st to September 29th. The initiative is lead by the World Wildlife Federation and the Vancouver Aquarium. This year’s corporate sponsor is Loblaw.

The program is setup to include educational packages for younger volunteers. The focus of the program is empowerment through local participation. Kids take ownership for the beaches in their community. Hopefully this sets in motion a lifetime of environmental stewardship.

This program is effective because the younger generation can see an instant improvement in the areas they work in.

Random Fact: During one cleanup, a few years back,

a participant found an 18k gold ring. What will you find?

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