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Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup…Gratitude.

on October 2, 2014

With gratitude to all participants at Sunday’s Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, Richard’s Memorial Park, here is the letter I sent to the 125th Mississauga Guides, who joined the cleanup this year.

Dear Guides and Guiders
Thank you again for all of your efforts to clean Richard’s Memorial Park this past weekend.  The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup is about individuals like you and I, taking action to care for our planet.  It is families, neighbours and communities coming together to make a difference.  As a former Guide myself, I know that these are some of the principles upon which the movement was founded, and I am proud of you.
I know it seemed like this particular park was quite clean, and compared to some clean up areas, I suppose it was.  But even in a seemingly clean park, we picked up a lot of litter!  Here are just a few of the totals:
Cigarette butts 103
Bottle Caps (plastic) 42
Cups and Plates (paper) 25
Straws 13
Food Wrappers 13
So you see, your time was well spent!
Please think about this litter as you go about your busy day to day lives at school, at guides and with your friends. Encourage others to do the same.  Talk about it, and “walk the talk”
There are two daily habits everyone can cultivate for the sake of our earth.  The first is to refuse single use plastics like water bottles, take out coffee cups, straws and grocery bags.  I know that you already have the bottle part down pat 🙂  The second habit is to “Take 3”, which means just what it says.  Wherever you happen to be, you are going to see litter.  That is a sad fact.  But, if we all resolve to pick up three pieces of litter a day, every day, what a huge impact that small act would make!  This is an idea which started with a group of people in Australia.  I read about it on line, and it seemed so simple to me!  I now practice this every day, and am doing my best to encourage Canadians to adopt the habit too.  You can find this group as well as many others on line, if you wish, and if you follow The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup you’ll see some amazing photos and hear stories of Canadians coast to coast coming together to clean up.  Or, finally, if you want to take a look at my blog which is mainly devoted to litter, it’s called Trash Walking.  I’m overdue to make a post, so probably will this week, and it is no doubt going to focus on Sunday’s cleanup.
Here are a couple of pictures from our clean up day.  I hope that you like them, and I hope that you all had a good time at the park on Sunday.

PS.  Please let me know where and when to pick up my cookies when they are in! 🙂


One response to “Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup…Gratitude.

  1. jen says:

    Very inspiring! Love the “take 3” idea 🙂

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