CALGARY, AB – The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup is excited to welcome the City of Calgary as an official Clean Shoreline Community. This designation acknowledges the City’s leadership in actively addressing the important issue of shoreline litter and their ongoing commitment to work with the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup and local volunteers to protect the City’s shorelines.
Shoreline litter continues to be a significant threat to the health of our aquatic ecosystems and wildlife. The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, an initiative of the Vancouver Aquarium and WWF-Canada, is proactively engaging municipalities across Canada to become a Clean Shoreline Community to raise awareness of the impacts of shoreline litter and implement local preventative solutions to shoreline litter.
By becoming a Clean Shoreline Community, the City of Calgary and the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup will work collaboratively to get more Calgarians to their local shorelines to remove the litter. Volunteers will receive support for their shoreline cleanup events from the City and Shoreline Cleanup, including assistance with waste removal from events, how to organize a cleanup, tracking litter data and more.
“The City of Calgary is committed to minimizing our impact on the environment and keeping it healthy not only for the people, but also for the wildlife that depend on it,” said Julie Guimond, leader, Environment Education, Calgary Parks. “Becoming a Clean Shoreline Community will give us access to a partnership that will engage more local volunteers and impact the long-term stewardship of our parks, pathways and shorelines.”
Last year, more than 280 volunteers in Calgary participated in Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanups. Collectively, they removed over 554 kilograms of litter.
“We are thrilled to have the City of Calgary become one of the first Clean Shoreline Communities in Canada,” said Rachel Schoeler, program manager, Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup. “With the City’s support, we hope more Calgarians will participate in shoreline cleanups and be champions in their communities to raise awareness and prevent litter from entering ecosystems where it has devastating impact of litter on wildlife.”
“We applaud the City of Calgary’s leadership in taking local initiatives to address the global issue of shoreline litter, and we hope other municipalities in Canada will join Calgary and become a Clean Shoreline Community,” adds Schoeler.
Volunteers are encouraged to register to lead or join a cleanup this fall with their friends, family, classmates and colleagues. To participate, visit ShorelineCleanup.ca for more information.
The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup is grateful for the support of its sponsors, including Loblaw Companies Limited as the presenting sponsor, Ricoh Canada as a national sponsor and OLG and Vancouver International Airport as provincial sponsors.
About the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup
The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, presented by Loblaw Companies Limited, is one of the largest direct action conservation programs in Canada. A conservation initiative of the Vancouver Aquarium and WWF-Canada, the Shoreline Cleanup aims to promote understanding of shoreline litter issues by engaging Canadians to rehabilitate shoreline areas through cleanups. www.ShorelineCleanup.ca
About the Vancouver Aquarium
Vancouver Aquarium, an Ocean Wise initiative, is one of the world’s leading accredited aquariums, dedicated to the conservation of aquatic life. www.vanaqua.org
WWF-Canada creates solutions to the environmental challenges that matter most for Canadians. We work in places that are unique and ecologically important, so that nature, wildlife and people thrive together. Because we are all wildlife. www.wwf.ca
About Loblaw Companies Limited
Loblaw Companies Limited is Canada’s food and pharmacy leader, the nation’s largest retailer, and the majority unit holder of Choice Properties Real Estate Investment Trust. www.loblaw.ca