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Project Details

Project dates
24/04/2024  – 01/06/2024
British Columbia, Canada

Sawera Dhaliwal

Project Lead

Remote beach cleanup followed by media post summarizing trip and issues regarding ocean pollution.

Project Description

– singular trip to Grant Bay on NW coast of Vancouver Island
– remote beach cleanup over 4 days summer 2024
– sort waste, record data, upload to Ocean Wise Shoreline cleanup
– relay information back to community organizations working in the area so they can plan accordingly
– create trip summary and blog post outlining concerns with ocean pollution including global circulations making this a global problem, breakdown to microplastic, waste being deposited in inaccessible regions, missing goods from cargo spills
– use trip summary / blog post to promote International Coastal Cleanup Day for personally led cleanup or Ocean Wise


This project has been created in commemoration of the lives of all the victims of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302, including two Ocean Bridge ambassadors, Danielle Moore and Micah Messent. We aspire to carry on their legacy and commitment to making the world a better place by creating long-lasting impacts with a firm commitment to driving positive change for the environment and our ocean. We will never forget the light that Danielle and Micah brought to the world and will continue to keep them in our hearts. To learn more about these two amazing people, please visit: Honouring Danielle and Micah  – Ocean Wise. This work is partially funded by the Commemoration Fund for Victims of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 Tragedy.

What was your biggest challenge?

Time constraints as I started a new job. The orientation period was fairly long and demanding. Then on top of that I’ve really been trying to keep up with physical activity / social life outside of work so this project often fell by the wayside.

What was your most valuable takeaway?

Doing these kind of projects is very challenging and it seems like it takes a lot of failures to create a success.

Going through the experience of trying to plan this four times over has made me realize how difficult it is to implement a project like this, and it’s only getting more difficult as other life commitments pile up with age. There’s a number of organizations out there that already have a strong foundation in this area. Going forward, I will most likely try and become more involved in those organizations as I feel like my efforts would go further there. This won’t necessarily mean being out there in the field as it may not be feasible. Perhaps I could lead my own smaller cleanups, help with outreach, etc. There’s a lot of skills I would love to develop to help me make a more realistic contribution over the next handful of years (website design, videography, data analysis etc.).

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