Shore Cleanup at Kits Beach

For some, the environment is a passing interest, but for Sara Bauman, it is not only what she loves, but what drives her choices and creativity. Sara has been an avid environmentalist since the ripe age of three. “Balloons are bad,” she said to store clerks who were giving away balloons. “Don’t you know after they deflate they end up in the ocean and hurt animals?” 10 years later, her passion for cleaning up the oceans has only continued. This year, Sara is training for her Bat Mitzvah, the ritual marking a girl’s passage from childhood to adulthood in the Jewish religion. Aside from intense Hebrew and Judiac studies, she has to plan, organize, and execute a community service close to her heart. Naturally, the oceans call and she is cleaning up her favourite Vancouver Beach where she spends many summer days. Join her and her crew clean up Kits Beach and help to celebrate Sara’s fourth beach clean up. The event takes place on April 23rd, from 10am until noon, starting at 1499 Arbutus Street. Meet at the playground and prepare to get to work! Don’t worry about getting dirty either, because tongs, garbage bags, and gloves are all provided. So join the shore cleanup to keep our oceans safe and healthy while supporting Sara in her path to adulthood.

17th Annual Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup

Tens of thousands of people have registered to step up and cleanup across the country this year, and this cleanup at Kitsilano Beach is one of seven happening across Canada this weekend to launch Cleanup Week. Vancouverites are encouraged to drop by and join hundreds of people gathering at Kitsilano Beach to help clean the city’s shoreline and launch the 2010 Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, presented by Loblaw Companies Limited.

WHEN:      Saturday, September 18, 2010 (10 a.m. – 1 p.m.)

TIMING: 10 a.m. – Registration
11:00 a.m. – Clean up begins

WHERE: Kitsilano Beach, near the playground (

WHY: The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup brings communities together to achieve real measurable impacts on the environment both globally and locally. By participating in the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, people can change attitudes and behaviours towards littering our oceans and waterways. Through individual action, nearly one million kilograms of shoreline litter has been removed from the fragile ecosystem since 1997. Trash is one of the most widespread pollution problems threatening our oceans and waterways – yet it’s entirely preventable. The majority of shoreline litter removed during this annual cleanup originates from land-based activities.

About the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup

A joint conservation partnership between WWF-Canada and the Vancouver Aquarium, the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup aims to promote understanding of shoreline litter issues by engaging Canadians to rehabilitate shoreline areas through cleanups. It is now one of the largest direct action environmental events in Canada, engaging tens of thousands of participants annually in every province and territory. The 2010 annual Great Canadian Shoreline cleanup takes place September 18-26. Register at