Unama’KIDS got off to a productive start this year participating in the TD Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup. They joined nearly 60,000 volunteers from across the country who helped clean up almost 1,600 different sites.
While picking up debris and garbage along the Whycocomagh shoreline, they counted every piece of garbage and catalogued it to add to the cross-country totals. They found everything from cigarette butts to plastic hose, styrofoam cups and plastic bags. While all the totals aren’t in yet, last year participants removed 135,467 kg of litter from shorelines across the country!
The shoreline cleanup gave Unama’KIDS a chance to be a part of an activity that has a real, measurable effect on the environment. Unama’KIDS Coordinator, Serena Paul explains: The cleanup was more than just collecting trash, is was a great example of communities working together to create solutions that ensure our oceans and waterways are kept clean.
Next year, we hope to expand the cleanup to other Unama’ki communities and involve whole classes in the activity. It’s a great way to spend a beautiful fall day by the Bras d’Or Lakes, helping make a cleaner environment.