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Project Details

Project dates
13/11/2021  – 13/11/2021
Location
Sarnia, Ontario, Canada

Jennifer Blythe

Project Lead

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A community shoreline clean up in Sarnia, Ontario aimed at cleaning up the banks of Huron Lake and get the community engaged and mindful of the single use plastic they consume, and ultimately end up in our environment.

Project Description

The project was a community shoreline clean up in the community of Sarnia, Ontario. The goal was to clean up a popular shoreline on Huron Lake and get the community engaged and mindful of the single use plastic they consume, and ultimately end up in our environment.

The shoreline clean up occurred November 13th and was Jennifer’s first event that she organized. A total number of 14 people were engaged and participated/volunteered within the shoreline clean up. The group covered 0.750 km of shoreline and collected 5 bags of trash/1 bag of recycling, totalling to 16 kg of trash collected.

The project gathered a diverse group of people together to see how single use plastic and trash can be found around our freshwater resources. The event itself helped clean an entire beach area and educated the public on how plastic and litter is an issue within our environment. This will inspire the participants to reduce on their single use plastic, overall helping our waterways and oceans. It is also important to note, that a lot of the plastic found in our ocean, can be traced back to freshwater resources that filter it out into our oceans.

Biggest Challenge

They found it challenging to organize it alone and to manage the actual event without another co-ordinator helping. They reflected on the event, and next time they are hoping to engage someone else in the actual organization of the event.

Valuable Takeaway

Got more confidence in leading a public/community project. The experience itself and from starting the project to seeing it to completion had many aspects such as marketing, advertising, organization and public speaking skills.

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Gallery

Participants of the Sarnia Shoreline Cleanup in action on the banks of Lake Huron.

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