Canadians showing their commitment to the environment



    Nationwide conservation initiative setting records for participation this
    year

    VANCOUVER, Aug. 31 /CNW/ - The TD Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, a
Vancouver Aquarium conservation initiative, has witnessed a surge in
participation registrations this summer. Due to this, the program has decided
to extend its registration deadline to Friday, September 7th.
    From September 15 - 23rd, Canadians all over the country can participate
in a shoreline cleanup in their neighbourhood. Registering on the program's
website allows people to receive their shoreline cleanup materials free of
charge. As of today's date, more than 1,030 shorelines are registered for a
cleanup in September.
    The International Coastal Cleanup announced that over 1 million seabirds
and more than 100,000 marine mammals are killed every year by shoreline
litter. The TD Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup is the second largest cleanup
of almost 90 participating countries around the world.
    Each year, participants recover bizarre items such as living room sets,
hundreds of ear plugs and numerous bikes and computer equipment from Canada's
shorelines. By far, the most harmful are the more than 200,000 cigarette butts
and the 103,496 food wrappers removed just last year. In almost all cleanups,
the biggest contributor to shoreline litter is recreational events such as
picnics, beach barbecues and boating.
    For those unable to sign up for their own cleanup, more than 400 'drop
in' cleanups are scheduled across the country. The largest 'drop in' events
are planned for Toronto, Montreal, Halifax, Yellowknife, Vancouver and Calgary
on September 15th.
    For more information go to: www.vanaqua.org/cleanup.
    Data collected from every cleanup across the country is sent to the
Vancouver Aquarium for tallying. Once tallied, all the information is
forwarded to the International Coastal Cleanup for worldwide clean up totals.





For further information:

For further information: Communications Coordinator, TD Great Canadian
Shoreline Cleanup at the Vancouver Aquarium, (604) 659-3591 - Direct Line,
1-800-375-8776 - Toll-free Direct Line, Shorelinemedia@vanaqua.org - Email

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