Don't let garbage replace wildlife
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Plastic pollution is found in every single ocean – even in the sparsely populated Arctic. Scientists estimate by 2050 plastic will outnumber fish in the ocean. And our freshwater ecosystems are also at risk; the Great Lakes have a higher density of microplastics than the oceans.
Over 80 per cent of plastic pollution originates on land. This means we can take direct action and stop plastic and other litter before it enters the water, protecting wildlife and their aquatic habitats.
Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup
The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup began with a simple act of caring. Concerned about the impact of litter on wildlife, a group of employees from Ocean Wise, banded together to clean the shores of Stanley Park. Since then, more than 2 million kilograms of garbage have been diverted from rivers, lakes and oceans across the country, helping to protect fish and frogs, sea birds and sea turtles.
More than 930,000 volunteers have cleaned 44,260 kilometres of Canada’s freshwater and marine shorelines – the equivalent of circling the Great Lakes three times – and helped make Shoreline Cleanup country’s largest volunteer-powered conservation cleanup.