Tuesday, June 05, 2007

The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup

World Environment Day is coming June 5th.

Sailors can mark the event by registering to better our local shores this fall. September 15th-23rd, all around the world, and including many spots around Montreal (such as Beaconsfield and Hudson to name only two), volunteers will be making our shorelines a cleaner, safer place. You can join one of the many groups already created, or put together your own.

Last year over 40,000 Canadians participated and cleaned up 966 different shorelines. Volunteers collect data in addition to trash, which helps determine the different causes of pollution. We can restore healthy shorelines for wildlife and humans alike. Trash in the water can harm the activities of fish and birds. Cigarette butts leach over 165 different chemicals into the water and take 5 years to biodegrade.

Register now to receive data collection forms, bags, t-shirts, gloves, event planning tips, pretty much everything you need to join up and make a difference. Clicking the title of this post brings you to the website where you can get all the info and register. You can join a current effort, or create your own. Any shore, lake, river, stream will do, it's up to you!