We were joined by the City of Vancouver, SPEC, Sea Smart, and Fraser Riverkeeper in our efforts to educate all those who participated on current environmental topics and how we can tackle these growing issues.
About 100 volunteers showed up despite the rain clouds that lingered throughout the cleanup. Together, we were able to collect over 500 pounds of trash and recyclables! Volunteers worked together to sort through the trash and separate the recyclables. This allows us to reduce the chances that any of this trash will end up back onto a beach or worse, in the ocean.
Vancouver has an ambitious goal to become a Zero Waste Community by 2040 but they can’t get there alone. They emphasize how we all make everyday decisions that impact how much garbage we produce - and our landfill is living proof of our decisions about waste. As both a philosophy and a goal, zero waste aims to reduce and ultimately eliminate garbage. To learn more about Zero Waste, click HERE.
Society Promoting Environmental Conservation (SPEC) was founded in 1969 in Coquitlam, BC and is one of the oldest environmental organizations in Canada. For more than 45 years SPEC has brought a range of environmental concerns to the attention of policy makers, industry, and the general public. In 1981, SPEC partnered with the City of Vancouver, the Province of British Columbia, and the Government of Canada in creating the Vancouver Energy Information Centre in Vancouver’s Kitsilano neighborhood. Through its public education and advocacy work, SPEC has built a lasting legacy of environmental protection.
Sea Smart is a school founded by marine biologist, Dr. Elaine Leung. Dr. E as she’s known to her students, founded Sea Smart after talking to many teachers and parents who were concerned that very little was taught in schools about our oceans. Dr. Leung has over 15 years of experience as a marine biologist and has worked with various governments, universities, non-profits, and industries. Sea Smart uses fun, hands-on games and activities to teach youth from kindergarten - grade 12 about current issues impacting our oceans and get them brainstorming solutions for these growing issues.
The average British Columbian doesn't know where they get their drinking water from, how their waste water is treated, or the laws that protect their waters. They are also unaware of the ways that they can make a tangible difference. By providing the public with the education, applied training and digital tools to conserve, protect and advocate for water, we directly address this knowledge gap and foster what we call "water literacy.” Everyone has a story or memory - a Watermark - that connects them to a waterbody, and it provides them with another reason to protect it. In addition to being a powerful reminder of your connection to water, it also records and archives important information that can be used to protect water from future threats. Each Watermark is a ripple in a project intended to keep Canada a place where everyone and everything can safely swim, drink, and fish. To record your own personal Watermark, click HERE.
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